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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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Kinesiology transfer student Ken Davis joined Aztec Proud at a summer orientation session. Kinesiology transfer student Ken Davis joined Aztec Proud at a summer orientation session.

New Students Donate to Scholarships

Aztec Proud, a student philanthropy initiative, generated $26,800 before fall semester classes began.
By Tobin Vaughn

Even before stepping into their first classes of the fall semester, more than 2,200 San Diego State University students contributed $26,800 to a lasting legacy on campus by joining Aztec Proud, a student philanthropy program designed to generate scholarship funding in perpetuity.

The program is a concept initiated and run by SDSU’s Office of Alumni Engagement. Between July 15 and Aug. 28, incoming students joined Aztec Proud by making a donation of at least $10 to help build reserves and endowments for student scholarships through the Class of 2020 Legacy Program.

Students gave at orientation, during move-in and at the SDSU Bookstore. As gifts for their donations, student donors received a black box containing a lanyard and a red T-shirt bearing the words “San Diego State Aztec Proud.” Throughout the academic year, the student donors will receive small gifts and be invited to stewardship and special career development events.

Student donors are also able to download a phone application that notifies them of giveaways and other opportunities – like scholarship application deadlines – that will enhance their student experience. During the first week of classes, Aztec Proud members were notified about a school supplies giveaway near the Love Library.

Opportunity is everything

Kinesiology transfer student Ken Davis stopped by the giveaway and received note cards, a pencil and a Scantron answer sheet.

Davis joined Aztec Proud at a summer orientation session because he liked the idea of helping fellow students who can use the extra support.

“If someone needs help, I just feel the need to help them,” Davis said. “Opportunity is everything and I had this opportunity afforded to me. I think it's a really good thing when students can help other students. It really builds community and that's a great thing to have going on."

SDSU Director of Development Technology Tammy Blackburn (’94, ’01) said Aztec Proud will explore partnerships with other campus initiatives such as Aztecs Rock Hunger to provide students with additional philanthropy opportunities.

“Aztec Proud members are generous and they understand they can make a real difference on campus in many ways,” Blackburn said.

According to Blackburn, the Class of 2020 Legacy Program will offer scholarships to students as early as spring semester of the current academic year.