Class of '88 establishes permanent fund to aid Willamette students

by University Communications,

As students, they founded the Bistro and created such events as the Black Tie Affair and 10 O’clock Club.

Now the Class of ’88 is creating waves again, this time by establishing an endowment fund — 25 years ahead of schedule.

“As students, over 75 percent of our class benefited from the contributions of alumni, and now we have created a permanent scholarship that will help students for generations to come,” says Eric Friedenwald-Fishman, Class of ’88 Committee member and current university trustee.

“The success of our fundraising effort is a testament to the ethos of service, commitment to the motto, 'Non Nobis Solum Nati Sumus,' and leadership of the Class of ’88. I am proud of what our class has accomplished.”

Earlier this fall, the Class of ’88 surpassed the minimum endowment funding level of $50,000 to create the fund — a feat not often accomplished before a class’s 50th reunion. The funds provide critical financial support for the university’s students.

From the outset of the fundraising effort, the class wanted the fund to reflect its legacy and spirit,” says Willi Gilliland, another Class of ’88 Committee member.

“Thus, the Class of ’88 Scholarship and Campus Life Fund will not only provide traditional, annual scholarship support to a Willamette student but will also fund a small grant to the recipient to organize a campus program or activity.”

To succeed in their ambitious endeavor, class committee members communicated with and energized their classmates. They also introduced innovative fundraising techniques, like the $88 for ’88 challenge that invited classmates to pledge $88 per month for 12 months.

“We are committed to the idea that our scholarship also invests in having our scholarship winner do something that enhances campus life,” says Helen Siggins, another Class of ’88 Committee member.

“We are thrilled that the first recipient of the Class of ’88 scholarship will be selected next fall, and we hope to reach our final goal of $60,000 to fully fund the campus-life grant portion of the fund in the coming years.”

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