A challenge was made and York College alumni rushed to respond. During a special four-day giving challenge, 198 alumni joined together to give $70,164.50 for their alma mater. The majority of these funds will be used to support student scholarships.

During the drive, gifts made by alumni were matched by four lead alumni in a 4-to-1 challenge. The opportunity for a matching gift was all their fellow alumni needed to respond in a big way. Gifts and pledges poured in during the challenge period, May 5-8.

"Thank you to everyone who responded to the challenge this weekend,” said Brent Magner, vice president for advancement. “We felt alumni would rally to secure the matching dollars, but the response eclipsed every expectation. Some of the most meaningful gifts given during the challenge came from our newest alumni, members of the class of 2017, who walked across the graduation stage this past Saturday. It's a great nudge for the rest of us who sometimes take for granted the gift we received as students." About 25 percent of the graduating class made a gift during the alumni challenge.

This four-day challenge was part of a year-long, $250,000 alumni challenge. Due to the great response, this final push has completed the funds needed for the college to qualify for the entire $250,000 challenge amount.

The alumni campaign is the final component of the larger Beyond 125 campaign, which ends June 30. This campaign, the most successful in York College’s history, will impact every part of campus. The bulk of the campaign gifts benefit scholarships, providing access to future generations of York College students. Campus enhancements during the campaign have included the new Bartholomew Performing Arts Center, the Clayton Museum of Ancient History, and the Touchton Baseball Clubhouse. Programs, such as campus ministries, the E.A. Levitt School of Business, Panther Athletics, and the Presidential Leadership Institute, have also benefitted from campaign gifts. For more about the campaign or to make a gift, visit www.york.edu/beyond125.