Senior Challenge is a tradition dating back to 1987. Each year the seniors of Marquette University come together to give back to the place they have called home for the past four years.
Now it's your turn, Class of 2021. This is our Senior Challenge!
Senior Challenge is a student organization composed of seniors from the graduating class. Senior Challenge is a subcommittee of the Student Philanthrophy Leadership Council. The Senior Challenge subcommittee is responsible for educating students on the impact philanthropy has on the university, soliciting peers for the senior class gift to the university as well as the sponsored events and outings.
Why are you asked to financially support the university?
Don't I already pay a huge tuition?
Take a look back at your time at Marquette and what that has meant to you. Many of the memorable experiences that you had would not have been possible without the resources that were made available to you. Gifts made to Marquette in the past few years have directly benefited you in your time here.
Marquette University is funded by three major sources: tuition, annual giving and endowment. While tuition costs are significant, it is important to note that tuition dollars represent only 63 percent of the actual cost of education per student. Annual giving makes up the difference. It is the financial lifeblood sustaining the university’s day-to-day mission of delivering a transformational education characterized by excellence, faith, leadership and service. Finally, the endowment represents gifts of invested funds that produce annual income for a wide variety of purposes, including student financial aid. Endowment provides critical financial stability, ensuring a source of financial support year after year, but it does not cover daily expenses like tuition and annual giving does.
How much should I give?
There is no minimum gift to participate in the Senior Challenge. The goal is not to raise a specific dollar amount. Rather, it is to increase participation by educating students on the importance of giving. In honor of your graduation year, a $20.21 gift is suggested.
If every senior at Marquette contributed to the class gift at the suggested amount of $20.21, collectively we could give a gift of more than $49,000 for scholarships to those students in need.
What does my gift support?
Seniors are encouraged to choose a cause that is closely aligned to their heart. If there is not a specific group, organization or department you wish to support, the Senior Challenge Committee suggests supporting the Backpack Program. The Backpack program was established to provide free groceries to any Marquette student who is having difficulty accessing affordable, nutritious food. If five students donate $5 today, that has the power to feed a student for a full week.