Class of 2012 fulfills alumni couple's scholarship challenge

April 16, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State alumni and benefactors Edward R. and Helen S. Hintz will be endowing a $50,000 Trustee Scholarship in the name of the class of 2012 after the Senior Class Gift Committee met a goal of obtaining at least 3,000 pledges to the class gift from seniors by April 15.

“We knew the senior class could rise to the challenge and exceed the goals we set at the beginning of the school year,” said Ed Hintz, class of 1959. “We hoped that this challenge would provide an additional incentive to members of the class of 2012 to begin their own philanthropic tradition of giving back to Penn State. Hopefully it showed students that it is fun, rewarding, and meaningful to get involved by giving back.”

According to Jordan Ford, senior class gift adviser, as of April 15 the campaign had secured more than 3,500 pledges for the gift and is on pace to raise the most money and secure the most pledges in the class gift program’s history.

Allison Shutt, senior class gift overall chair for 2012, said, “The Hintz Donor Challenge has completely revitalized the class gift campaign by enabling us to motivate our class in a common goal and recognize the importance of giving at any level. I'm immensely proud of the gift committee, thankful for the Annual Giving and University Development staff that support us, and I'm humbled by the combined efforts of the class of 2012.”

Members of the Senior Class Gift Committee solicited pledges through events, emails, and phone calls to students graduating in May, August or December 2012. Seniors are still encouraged to make a gift at online.

The class of 2012 chose the Nittany Lion Shrine Historical Display and Beautification as its senior class gift. The display will depict the shrine's history, from the origins of the Nittany Lion as the University’s mascot in 1907 to the statue’s completion as the 1940 senior class gift and what was to become the enduring symbol of Penn State. The class of 2012’s gift also will add improved lighting and ADA accessibility, making the shrine more visitor friendly all year round.

The Hintzes also have presented the class of 2013 with the same challenge in hopes of building on this year’s success. “We want to both continue our support of scholarships and help the class of 2013 reach its own fundraising goal,” said Helen Hintz, class of 1960.

Morgan Delaware, senior class gift overall chair for 2013, said, “We're very excited and grateful for the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Hintz. They are inspiring because of their love for Penn State and for the students. Because of this challenge, the senior class gift campaign has an identifiable fundraising goal to motivate and inspire students.”

The Hintzes have been philanthropic leaders for the University with their longtime support for programs and projects including Trustee Scholarships, the Hintz Family Alumni Center and the Presidential Leadership Academy.

The Trustee Matching Scholarship Program maximizes the impact of private giving while directing funds to students as quickly as possible, meeting the urgent need for scholarship support. In this groundbreaking philanthropic model, Penn State matches 5 percent of the total pledge or gift at the time a Trustee Scholarship is created, and makes those funds available immediately for student awards. This University match, which is approximately equal to the endowment’s annual spendable income, continues in perpetuity, doubling the support available each year for students with financial need.

For more information, visit Questions can be directed to Jordan Ford, senior class gift adviser, at or 814-863-3935.

Last Updated October 04, 2012