By Eugene Burndam
On Tuesday, Feb. 21, Ludwig Dining Hall was abuzz with activity as Student 4 Student held an event to raise money for student scholarships.
Student 4 Student is an initiative that began in 2009 in which students raise money for other students to attend Olivet.
The event took place in the cafeteria during dinner hours. The evening was filled with music performed by three Lifesong bands.
Students had the opportunity to buy “bricks,” for $1, $5, $10 or $20.11 to raise funds for future scholarships. They could also sign up to play “Minute to Win It” games to win prizes. Students who signed up were entered into a drawing for gift cards to Culver’s or Nancy’s Pizza.
Amy Duerrwaechter, Annual Giving graduate assistant, helped coordinate the event.
“The Student 4 Student show was created so that undergraduates would understand the importance of scholarships [as] 98.5 percent of students receive some financial aid,” she explained. “Scholarship dollars have great power, whether they pay for tuition or the dorm room you sleep in.”
Director of Donor Stewardship Wayne Deboer oversees the amount of scholarship donations Olivet receives every year. He explained the reasoning behind the program.
“So many students couldn’t be here without a scholarship award,” he said. “Student 4 Student is not about accumulating money; it’s to raise awareness about how vital scholarships are to undergraduates.”
Current Olivetians are already getting involved with Student 4 Student.
Freshman Emily Picklesimer, who worked one of the ticket stands on Tuesday, said the program is “paving the way for other students to be at Olivet.”
Half of Picklesimer’s fees are covered by scholarships. She said she wants to help with Student 4 Student as alumni have assisted her and many others with receiving a college education.
Shine.FM’s Jeff Enfield and Justin Knight acted as emcees for the event.
Knight announced on Tuesday that over 2,600 donors gave money for scholarships last year, 60 of which were Olivet students.
“It’s the small consistent gifts that make a difference over a long period of time,” Enfield said. “When we give gifts, we give students opportunities. It’s saying to your roommate, ‘I want to keep you here.’”
Duerrwaechter emphasized the importance of giving.
“If each student gave $5, that would raise over $10,000 for scholarships,” she said. “So we are trying to build an atmosphere for students to be aware of how scholarships are made, and what they can do to support them.”