Your University Family Gift at Work: Dean’s Merit and Sutton Scholarships, Athletics, and More

Posted on 3/14/2016 3:43:32 PM

2012 University Family Drive: Our University, Our Students, Our Charitable Support. The Future Is In Our Hands. #IUPProudLast year, 796 faculty and staff contributed more than $245,000 in support of 225 different scholarships, departments, and programs across the university. The level of generosity shown by our campus community provided substantial support for our students and that should give us much for which to be proud.


Here’s an overview of the impact of last year’s drive.

Meaningful support was given to each of IUP’s six Dean’s Merit Scholarship funds. Employee gifts, when combined with gifts from graduating seniors and alumni, provided the funding for 99 dean’s merit scholarships to be awarded this academic year. These scholarship awards enable students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college, to immerse themselves in their educational experience by taking advantage of conference travel and research opportunities; or, by simply affording them the time to spend in the library or laboratory instead of working multiple part-time jobs. This year’s recipients were each humbled by the award and cited it as a game changer.

In addition, University Family members provided support equating to six Sutton Scholarships. The Sutton Scholarship provides an opportunity to recruit the best and brightest students to campus. Many of the scholarship’s awards are renewable, provided the recipients meet an academic standard.

More 77 scholarship funds were supported last year.

Each of IUP’s varsity sport teams benefited from your support as well. The coaching staff depends heavily on private gifts to provide our student-athletes with the best experiences. Because of our generosity, teams have more access to equipment, training, and travel.

The Arboretum, the Lively Arts, the University Museum, and countless other department funds were also supported last year.

Our philanthropy has power. This is a team effort and, collectively, we are all making IUP a better place.

Learn even more about how your gift can impact IUP students by visiting the Your Gifts at Work page. 

You can download a pledge form or pledge your support electronically on the University Family Drive website. If you have questions about how to give a specific fund or program area, please contact the Office of Annual Giving at or 724-357-5555.