Kennesaw State students show appreciation during inaugural Thank A Giver (TAG) Day

KENNESAW, Ga.  (March 4, 2015) — Students like Destiny Nieves understand the gift of…

Georgia (Mar 4, 2015)

KENNESAW, Ga.  (March 4, 2015) — Students like Destiny Nieves understand the gift of money, particularly when it has such a huge impact on their daily lives.

Nieves is one of more than 600 Kennesaw State students who received scholarships this year. She said she had trouble making ends meet without the financial boost. 

“This scholarship has allowed me to focus on being a student,” said Nieves, a junior majoring in exercise science, who was awarded the Regents Scholarship, a merit-based scholarship for undergraduate and graduate students with a 3.5 or higher GPA. “I can be secure enough to focus on school. It takes away some of that financial worry.”

Marlen Alvarez is a sophomore who received the Goizueta scholarship, an endowed scholarship given to Latino and Hispanic students. She said that the need-based scholarship is helping her with tuition and housing. Both of her parents are disabled and unable to contribute much toward her education, explained Alvarez, who works at a local shoe store.

“Getting this scholarship takes a huge weight off my shoulders,” said Alvarez, a nursing student. The renewable scholarship means she will not have to obtain student loans to finish her bachelor’s degree. 

To honor and recognize the generosity of donors who have given to these scholarships and many other amenities at Kennesaw State, the Office of Annual Giving, in partnership with the Student Philanthropy Council, hosted the University’s first Thank A Giver (TAG) Day on March 3 at the Kennesaw campus.

Visible yellow tags – some as large as 4 feet by 3 feet – adorned buildings, foliage, equipment and even people during the daylong celebration to highlight the many amenities that are made possible through donors’ philanthropy. In addition to the scholarship recipients and five endowed faculty members, donated items such as trees, benches, classrooms, art and laboratory equipment were tagged during TAG Day on the 382-acre Kennesaw campus.

“Donations have helped shape Kennesaw State over its 51-year history and are vital to the University’s growth and continual operation,” said Joan Duncan, director of annual giving at Kennesaw State. “The tags provide a visible reminder of the positive and tangible impact that donors have on the physical landscape of the campus, the quality of education and the lives of faculty and students.”

In 2014, more than $10.5 million was given to Kennesaw State in donations, including cash, stocks and in-kind gifts. Donations are used for scholarships, facility improvements, building additions and expansions, endowed faculty members, laboratory equipment and books for the library. Donations have grown over the years, with the University receiving more than 12,000 gifts, ranging from $1 to $100,000 in 2014. The faculty and staff gave $235,000 last year.

Hundreds of Kennesaw State students, including scholarship recipients like Nieves and Alvarez, turned out during TAG Day to write personal notes which will be mailed to the University’s donors.

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- Tiffany Capuano; photo by Anthony Stalcup 


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