Previous Senior Class Gifts
Class of 2012 Permaculture Initiative Fund
In 2009, the UMass Permaculture Initiative was created. An ecological design system that promotes regenerative agriculture and brings people together to strengthen their local communities, the initial garden outside of Franklin Dining Commons involved nearly 500 student volunteers. They transformed a 1/4 acre grass lawn into a sustainable garden that produces food, beauty and education for the UMass Amherst campus community. In addition, over 10,000 students have participated in events and presentations about UMass Permaculture in the past year alone.
The Class of 2012 class gift will help sustain the success of the program and assist with the purchase of varieties of berry bushes, fruit and nut trees, as well as other garden tools that will allow the UMass Permaculture Initiative to continue thriving. A permanent marker denoting the generosity of the class will be erected and the opportunity exists to have the class tree planted in the garden.
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Class of 2011 Need and Merit Based Scholarship
UMass Amherst provides thousands of students with scholarships every year. Since its inception, UMass Amherst has shown a strong commitment to providing financial resources to students - including both need and merit based undergraduate scholarships.
The Class of 2011 Scholarship will help grant students the aid they deserve. Students who show financial need and have a GPA of 3.0 and higher will be able to apply for this scholarship. The Class of 2011 scholarship will be awarded each year until the funds are depleted. In choosing this option, the Class of 2011 will provide a gift that keeps on giving: education.
Class of 2010 Revolving Green Fund
The Class of 2010 Revolving Green Fund will help finance innumerable energy conservation and reduction initiatives across campus. The first projects funded through the Green Fund will be energy conservation and reduction projects that will yield tangible cost savings. A part of the savings is then rolled back into the Green Fund, making it self-sustaining. The Green Fund will create a legacy that will live on throughout the years and that will continue to provide funding for important environmental projects for years to come.