Wayne State Giving Day raises $156,000


Wayne State College students, faculty, staff, alumni, family, and friends came together on April 26 to support WSC Giving Day, a virtual 24-hour campaign in which proceeds will benefit Wayne State College students.

A total of 503 donors contributed to WSC Giving Day, totaling $156,000 which surpassed the overall $115,000 goal.

“Giving Day was an incredible display of generosity and Wildcat spirit,” said Amber Sperry, director of Alumni Relations at Wayne State. “We’re truly humbled by the outpouring of support from our donors, whose contributions are shaping the future of Wayne State College in profound ways. From the entire Wildcat family, a heartfelt thanks for your unwavering commitment and belief in our mission. Your generosity inspires us all!”

 Totals for each team were:

 Academic Success: $6,029.14;

Athletic Excellence: $27,859.22;

Student Emergency Fund: $2,136.40;

Transfer Student Scholarships: $1,688.73;

School of Arts and Humanities: $4,011.37;

School of Business and Technology: $4,720.70;

School of Education and Behavioral Sciences: $9,874.98;

School of Science, Health, and Criminal Justice: $2,548.90;

Aristocat Dance: $480.40;

Baseball: $35,052.08;

Cheerleading: $3,710.22;

E-Sports: $1,627.55;

Football: $8,777.36;

Men’s Basketball: $7,164.71;

Men’s Track and Field/Cross Country: $2,532.09;

Rugby: $2,230.67;

Softball: $6,000;

Volleyball: $9,431.32;

Women’s Basketball: $2,850.18;

Women’s Golf: $2,897.06;

Women’s Soccer: $2,772.01;

Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country: $2,625.13; and

Wrestling: $2,942.09.

 Matching gift opportunities were generously sponsored by Dr. Ron Holt, Bruce and Linda Boles, Ryan and Lisa Albers, Marie Mohr-Kochenash, the Lemar Family, Sandra Kirsch-Dorcey, Mitch and Buffany DeBoer, Frieda Dietrich, Dean Ott, Mike Powicki, Jeff and Mary Carstens, Byron and Amber Schafersman, Jim and Elizabeth Erwin, and Dan Jones.

“It’s a privilege to take part in our yearly Giving Day,” said Dr. Ron Holt, a 1989 graduate of Wayne State. “By providing matching gifts, I’m fully dedicated to positively impacting the lives of Wayne State students. Our combined generosity has the power to create a brighter future for our students, who deserve every opportunity to flourish.”

“Matching gifts are my way of inspiring others to join this significant cause, showing that together, we can build a robust, supportive community that values education and empowers students to reach their full potential,” added Holt. “Giving Day isn’t just a good thing; it’s a testament to the transformative effect we can have when we come together to support the next generation of Wildcats.”

This was Wayne State College’s fourth Giving Day campaign. WSC Giving Day aims to inspire all of Wildcat Nation – students, alumni, friends, faculty, and staff – to come together, show pride, and support their alma mater.

With these funds, Wayne State can fuel scholarships, enhance programs and initiatives, and provide students a college experience that truly changes their lives.