eNews: Two Weeks, Two Successful $100 Million CampaignsMay 7, 2013
As the spring semester winds to a close, over the past two weeks Baylor University has celebrated the success of not one — but two — $100 million fundraising programs, thanks to the faithful and generous support of Baylor Nation who stepped forward with gifts of all sizes to bring Baylor Stadium and the President’s Scholarship Initiative to reality.
Celebrating a Stadium Milestone
With a backdrop of Baylor Stadium rising above the banks of the Brazos River, Baylor President Ken Starr and hundreds of members of Baylor Nation today celebrated significant progress in both fundraising and construction on the university’s $250 million on-campus football stadium which is slated to open in fall 2014.
“Over the course of the past year, Baylor Nation has risen up in record numbers and with unparalleled generosity, and today, we are privileged to announce that we have reached the $100 million milestone in private support for Baylor Stadium. Together with the successful culmination of the President’s Scholarship Initiative, more than $200 million has been given — supporting student scholarships and the construction of Baylor Stadium,” President Starr said.
Brian Nicholson, associate vice president for facility planning and construction at Baylor, provided an update on stadium construction - the largest construction project ever undertaken in Waco and Central Texas - as well as a series of construction highlights to illustrate the magnitude and complexity of the project. He said Baylor Stadium is on schedule for the August 2014 opening.
Celebrating an Extraordinary Achievement
At a special Dr Pepper Hour on April 23, President Starr stood before a lively crowd of Baylor faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends in the Bill Daniel Student Center and — beneath streams of green and gold confetti — announced the University had exceeded the ambitious goal for the President’s Scholarship Initiative.
“Right now is a time to say, ‘Thank you, Baylor Nation,’” President Starr said. “The goal was $100 million and to do that by the end of this calendar year. My dear friends, here it is, still April, and we’ve raised $101.4 million.”
With the incredible support of more than 11,000 Baylor scholarship donors, the President's Scholarship Initiative is the first step in fulfilling an ongoing promise to Baylor students to help make the distinctive Baylor education accessible for those who are called to take their place in That Good Old Baylor Line. President Starr lauded the widespread participation in the scholarship initiative noting that more than 85% of gifts made to the President’s Scholarship Initiative were in amounts less than $1,000.