Reunion Gift Surpasses $1 million
The Class of 1960 proudly presented UMass Amherst with the Million Heirs Scholarship Endowment totaling $1,345,663.00 as its 50th Reunion Gift. The formal announcement was made during the Alumni Association’s Reunion Weekend 2010.
Planning for this impressive gift started 18 years ago, when a group of classmates decided to raise $1,000,000 to present to their alma mater at their 50th Reunion. Fundraising efforts began in earnest in 1995 at their 35th Class Reunion and since that time, close to 200 members of the Class of 1960 have contributed to the scholarship campaign generating this unprecedented gift to UMass Amherst.
“We set a goal to leave a lasting legacy for the Class of 1960 by raising enough money to give meaningful scholarships for generations to come,” said Don Moriarty, chair of the Class of 1960 Gift Committee. “It wasn’t a hard sell because we’re all very close and we really appreciate what our UMass education has given us. Once we started reaching out to our classmates and telling them what we were trying to do, they were happy to give. We’re so proud to have surpassed our goal.”
All funds disbursed from the fund after 2010 are to be used exclusively for scholarships to students at UMass Amherst and will be awarded based on need and merit. Each recipient will receive scholarship support for all four years, as long as need and merit continue.
“The Class of 1960 Million Heirs Scholarship is a particularly appropriate gift as the number of students who need financial support continues to grow in this economic environment,” said Chancellor Robert C. Holub. “The presence of a scholarship may determine whether a student returns to campus each year to pursue his or her dream of graduating from UMass Amherst. It is truly amazing what this class has accomplished.”
More than 225 members from the Class of 1960 and Emeriti alumni attended Reunion Weekend, celebrating the past, present and future of UMass Amherst. “It’s a privilege to coordinate this special event each year,” said Anna Symington ’76S, ’79, ‘83G, executive director of the UMass Amherst Alumni Association. “Our reunion alumni represent what the Alumni Association is all about: lifelong affinity and pride in your alma mater!”