TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology alumni, staff, and community members raised a record sum of money for the school during their third annual giving day.

This year’s theme for the philanthropic effort was ‘86,400 Seconds to Give.’ Officials with the school report that not only was the total sum of $491,180 a new record, but the 602 donations were also the most they have seen in the three years of holding a giving day. That works out to a bit more than $5.68 given to the institution every second.

“We’re grateful for these generous financial gifts, which are important to the life and future of Rose-Hulman,” President Robert A Coons said. “This showcases the variety of people that support our mission to provide our students with the world’s best undergraduate STEM education in an environment of individual attention and support.”

Several generous individuals provided matching gifts to further incentivize giving during this year’s event. Matching gift challenges were contributed by Coons and members of his administrative cabinet to increase student scholarships, while alumnus Chris Trapp and wife Christine, Bob Brown and alumnus Jim Young, supported various athletic initiatives.

Also, alumnus Roger Ward and wife Marilyn supported funding to assist neurodivergent students; alumnus Matt Iwema supported a scholarship fund honoring the late Claude Anderson, a former computer science and software engineering professor; and alumnus Samuel Kowal supported a scholarship recognizing legendary mechanical engineering professor, department head and alumnus Robert Steinhauser.

Former director of international student services Karen DeGrange provided a match to support an international student scholarship, while the family of legendary mathematics professor, the late Herb Bailey, supported a scholarship fund.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Press Release

“Our Giving Day theme this year was 86,400 seconds to give,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement Steve Brady. “We can’t thank our alumni and friends enough for taking just a few seconds out of their day to give back to Rose-Hulman. Their contributions will make a positive impact year-round, every day, every hour, and every second, on our institution.”

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