Campaigning for student education

SC4 community raises $2.2 million for college and student
Liz Whittemore

Photo Editor

The SC4 community dug deep and did not hold back for the All Aboard campaign.
SC4’s “All Aboard: Campaign for Talent, Technology, and Tomorrow” launched on Nov. 1, 2011 with an overall goal of $1 million aiming to raise money for five capital projects. One of these projects was a $100,000 goal for student scholarships.
The SC4 faculty, community members, and alumni did more than meet the $100,000 goal. Just over $1,487,000 was raised for SC4 students.
The campaign ended Dec. 2013 with just over $2.2 million donated, according to David Goetze, SC4’s Director of College Advancement and Alumni Relations.
“The campaign has far exceeded our expectations,” said Goetze. “Our community is very generous.”
Donations of thousands of dollars, amounts as much as $500,000, $100,000, and $75,000, came in to support the school and the students.
SC4 alumni Joseph Merika and his wife donated $25,000 and established the Joseph and Betty Merika Friends of the Arts Scholarship.
“I believe in SC4, the interests that they have, and their students. I don’t think there’s anything you can do for a young person that’s better than an education,” said Merika. “I feel like I owe something back to the college. It goes beyond their education; the faculty and staff at SC4, they truly want to see them succeed.”
Their scholarship helps incoming freshmen or sophomores taking 12 or more credit hours that have a 2.5 GPA or higher. Preference for this scholarship will go to students studying the visual and performing arts.
“It’s wonderful for people like me who need a little bit of help beginning their education,” said freshman McKahla Breck. “Scholarships make it possible for people in all stages of their life and careers whether you’re beginning or returning.”
Visible signs of campaign’s success can be seen around the campus. The completed McMorran Greenway and Street Closure project ensures that students can now cross between the north and main buildings safely. The Campus Innovation Center and the Nasr Science Museum are also results of the campaign.
“I think it’s really great that SC4 takes notice of technology advancements and continually tries to incorporate it into our experiences with our classes around campus,” said Breck.
The last project, the historic restoration of room 312 of the main building, is projected to begin work this upcoming summer, according to Goetze.
To see details about the projects and a list of donors visit sc4.edu/donate.