In May, IUP announced it would formally close its Gateways to Opportunity capital campaign at the end of June. With a $14-million goal set, the multiyear campaign had recorded more than $20 million by this past spring.
More than $7 million had been raised for student scholarships alone—nearly four times the goal set in June, 2004. The Student Opportunity Fund was also well ahead of its $4-million goal. Nearly $1 million each had been raised for the IUP Libraries and the regional campuses, in addition to more millions for special projects and undesignated areas. Funds for the Regional Development Center and Sports Complex will be addressed in a separate, dedicated effort.
According to President Tony Atwater, “Any comprehensive capital campaign for a university is not just about the total funds raised. It is also about successfully conveying a vision and a message about the future of the institution. It also raises the awareness of the need for continued philanthropic support for public higher education.”
Complete results of the campaign will appear in the Fall issue of IUP Magazine, along with a listing of volunteers who contributed to the success of the Gateways to Opportunity campaign. A campaign celebration is planned for early October.