Race for 500

  • Race to 500
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania

    We are challenging our alumni and friends to collectively make 500 gifts in 24 hours! Why?

    Times are changing. Did you know that IUP receives less than 29 percent of its budget from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania? To receive additional funds, IUP is competing for performance measure funding. Increasing the number of people who financially support IUP is one of our performance measures.

    This is where you come in. This year, if the number of people who give to IUP increases to 9,488 the commonwealth will reward the university with additional resources. We have 8,478 donors to date and are 89% to our goal! You can move us even closer.

    Of course, your gift will benefit IUP students in the form of scholarships and enhanced opportunities, a small sampling of which you can see here. In a sense, your gift packs an extra punch this year. You can support a specific program or interest, and by doing so, you will bring us closer to our goal which will benefit IUP as a whole.

    So give now! Ask your fellow IUP alumni and friends to join you! Our challenge runs from Noon to Noon, May 15-16. Check back often to see our progress!


    Becoming a donor to IUP during this challenge does much more than help IUP reach a goal. You will be investing in our students. Trust us--they have limitless potential. Your gift will help students achieve their dreams.

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    Dan O’Hara is a Geoscience and Computer Science double major from Ebensburg, Pa. He’s the first in his family to go to college. Since filming, Dan was awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for 2013–2014. He was selected from a field of 1,107 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated nationwide. He has also learned that he will have the opportunity to travel to Taiwan continue his research on-location this summer. Dan credits his accomplishments in part to the Dean’s Merit Scholarship support he received. Your gift can take a student halfway around the world.

    Alex Fidler

    Alex Fidler is grateful for the scholarship she received. An International Business major and Cook Honors College student from Fleetwood, Pa., Alex is currently studying at the University of Applied Sciences in Nuremburg, Germany, with the assistance of the Marla Sabo Scholarship for Studies Abroad. “I am excited to learn in a new atmosphere and completely different setting. My experiences will help me grow not only as a student but will stay with me after I graduate,” she said. In addition to some Chinese, Fidler said she can speak German but is not fluent and so plans to benefit from the experience to improve that skill. “Receiving a scholarship like this means so much to me. It helps me cover my extra living and traveling expenses in Nuremburg, and it gives me the opportunity to travel around the country,” she said. Marla Sabo, a member of the Class of 1979, was motivated to establish the scholarship fund in 2012 by her own study abroad experience. Fidler received the award through the International Education Office, which oversees more than 48 direct exchange opportunities around the globe for IUP students. Your gift can create opportunities like this.

    Becki Beadling works hard for what she earns. The undergraduate Chemistry and Biology major often leaves the lab at 10:00 p.m. Her dedication recently paid off when she earned at a national conference at Stanford University the Chung Soo Yoo Award for outstanding graduate-level research. The only undergraduate at the conference, she presented her research project, "A Neutron Diffraction Investigation of the Solid-Solution Sodium Zinc Cobalt Silicate," which received accolades among projects of Ph.D. candidates from national research institutions. Without scholarship support, Becki would not have had time to conduct her research. Your gift can bring students national recognition.

    Sutton Scholars

    For the first time this fall, more than two hundred IUP freshmen will come to campus as Sutton Scholars, having been awarded the Sutton Scholarship. This recruiting scholarship, administered by the undergraduate admissions office via an on-campus interview process, provides $1,000 and $2,000 awards to students who are considered high achievers. It is renewable for up to four years, based upon annual academic performance. The purpose of this scholarship is to attract high-quality students to campus and to defray their debt load post-graduation. Your gift can attract the best and the brightest to IUP.

    Students working in the Nursing Simulation Lab

    In addition to dedicated faculty and staff, it’s the innovation and vision that sets IUP apart from its peer institutions—making the educational experience provided among the finest in the country. Gifts to the Fund for IUP provide essential flexibility to meet the demands and challenges of today's rapidly changing educational environment. Opportunities for enrichment are constantly presenting themselves, and this type of unrestricted support helps IUP seize them—assuring IUP’s future stability and competitive edge. A small sampling of things gifts can support includes scholarships, campus speakers, library and laboratory acquisitions, and technology enhancements. These gifts have great impact on the university’s ability to provide students with opportunities to succeed today so that they can become engaged, successful leaders tomorrow. Your gift can provide IUP with resources to impact student success.

    Student working with a professor in a classroom

    Each of IUP’s six colleges has unique needs and requirements based upon the programming offered. While one requires elaborate scientific laboratory equipment, another needs state of the art studio equipment for television productions, and yet another utilizes special software to analyze market trends and statistics. Each college prepares its students to graduate and meet the different needs in our world. As such, a Dean’s Innovation Fund was established for each college to help them meet their diverse needs. The funds provide IUP’s deans with the flexibility needed to pursue immediate opportunities for student benefit. Dean’s funds can be used for equipment, student-faculty research collaboration, book scholarships, conference travel, or internship stipends. Your gift can provide your college with resources that will enhance their programs (and accordingly, the value of your degree!).