The Southern Oregon University Foundation’s "Count Me In" campaign for student scholarships raised a little more than $210,000 for the SOU Scholarship.
More than 400 alumni, faculty, staff, students and community members participated in the 100-hour campaign, whose goal was to amass 500 donations in 100 hours last week. The campaign began at 8 p.m. Oct. 16 and ended at midnight Sunday.
“The Count Me In campaign really brought the community together in support of SOU students,” said Eric Baird, executive director of the SOU Foundation. “Community partners Radio Medford, Jefferson Public Radio, KOBI 5, the SOU Digital Media Center, and Southwick Specialty Advertising helped the campaign become a reality.”
The SOU Scholarship is awarded to students based on financial need with preference given to those who are first in their families to attend college. It is designed to help students bridge the funding gap between other forms of financial aid and the cost of attending Southern Oregon University.
“Thanks to the inspirational gifts from Jed and Celia Meese, Lithia Motors, an anonymous donor and the rest of the more than 400 individuals who contributed, we collectively raised scholarship funds that will inspire and change the lives of many students,” Baird said. “We are very thankful for the support and look forward to awarding the SOU Scholarship.”