Our Initiatives

We raise funds and friends for Shawnee State University to provide support for scholarships, academic programs, and campus opportunities. Every year, we establish several initiatives to assist in areas of need within the university and the education in our region. With our donors support, we continue to make college possible for students in our region and enhance the college experience.


Make Tomorrow’s Stars

Through music, dance, acting and vocal skills, the Musical Theatre program at Shawnee State University prepares students for success in every form of performance in their career. Through a $175,000 fundraising initiative, Make Tomorrow’s Stars strives to assist the program in expanding its enrollment, enhancing its facilities, elevating its profile, and increasing experiential opportunities for students and alumni.

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Bear Club Challenge

The 2018-19 SSU Athletics season kick-off with the Bear Club Challenge – a competition raising over $37,000 in support of SSU student-athletes. Over 650 supporters pledged to our nearly two dozen varsity teams to join the Bear Club.


Day of Giving 2018

Shawnee State University’s second annual Day of Giving in November 2018 set the bar even higher by raising $20,588 by 88 donors in only 24 hours – exceeding the $18,000 goal. Supporting Giving Tuesday, the national day of philanthropy celebrated across the world, this year’s campaign supported The Shawnee Fund, which provides assistance with student scholarships, grants, and academic enhancements across campus.

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Senior Gift Campaign

Providing an opportunity for graduating seniors to leave behind a lasting legacy, the Senior Classes of Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 raised a collective total of $1,661 in the Senior Gift campaign. Over 80 seniors pledged their graduation year as a donation to The Shawnee Fund, receiving an honor cord to commemorate their first gift to the university.


Celebrating Student Success

Marking the 15th anniversary of the beginning of the Celebration of Scholarship Conference, Gary Gemmer the conference’s original founder pledge a $2,500 matching gift in support of the undergraduate and graduate conference. Raising a total of $5,050 by 34 supporters, the campaign supported giving opportunities to students wanting to learn how to present, research, and compete in a professional setting.


President’s Gala 2019

The annual event brought together over 240 faculty, staff, partners, and friends of the university in support of the SSU Development Foundation program. Held for over thirty years, this year’s Gala raised over $40,000 in support of the bi-annual grants program administered on campus.


The Shawnee Challenge

The Shawnee Challenge competition provided donors the opportunity to estimate the number of Jeopardy games past champion James Holzhauer would win on the television show. The past champion become the second-longest contestant ever on the show by winning 32 games straight. The challenge raised over $750 to benefit The Hadjiyannis Award – a travel fund created in honor of the late Professor Stylianos Hadjiyannis.