University community invited to submit proposals for 2018 class gift

July 09, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Class Gift Campaign is now accepting proposals for the 2018 class gift. The Penn State community — including alumni, faculty, staff and students — are welcomed and encouraged to submit proposals for the 2018 class gift. The link to submit proposals can be found here.

This year, in an effort to challenge more seniors to participate in the campaign through their philanthropic passions, the senior class will choose three gifts rather than the traditional, “single” gift.  

“We chose three gifts primarily because our committee hopes to encourage more seniors to find a passion within Penn State that they feel compelled to give back to,” said Lauren Nelson, 2018 Class Gift Campaign executive director. “Philanthropy and service are goals the Class Gift Campaign strives to recognize every day at Penn State, and we hope to inspire a philanthropic spirit toward Penn State within other students as well.”

A committee of University students, faculty and staff will review all proposals and narrow the choices down to a selection of six to be presented on the ballot in the fall. From Oct. 8-13, seniors will have the opportunity to vote for their top choice at or at class gift voting tables in the HUB that week. The three gifts with the most votes will be the winners of the Class Gift Campaign.

The Class Gift Campaign enables 2018 graduates to start their legacy by continuing to make Penn State great for future generations, Nelson said. The class gift, dating back to Evan Pugh’s portrait in Old Main given by the class of 1861 at their 30th reunion, is one of Penn State's oldest traditions. Most recently, the class of 2017 provided an endowment to Lion’s Pantry, located on Services Road. The endowment will help fund Lion’s Pantry and its continuing efforts to help students struggling to get the necessary food, school supplies and basic living essentials as they work toward a Penn State degree.

Visit for more information, follow the Class Gift Campaign at @PSUClassGift on Twitter and Instagram, and don’t forget to “like” the Penn State class gift page on Facebook. Questions about gift proposals can be directed to Alissa Janoski, class gift adviser, at 814-863-2052 or

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Last Updated July 18, 2017