Hampton University President Dr. William Harvey said $118 million has already been raised during the silent phase of the school’s $150 million fundraising campaign that was launched on Oct. 27 in Ogden Hall.
The five-year campaign is called “Dream No Small Dreams.” Harvey said he anticipates the campaign reaching its $150 million mark well before then. The recent kick-off campaign included music, confetti and the unveiling of a thermometer. On hand to help the president kick-off the public phase of the campaign were the Marching Force band, cheerleaders and a dance team, according to news report.
The fundraising campaigns has several goals including setting aside $50 million for endowed scholarships, which would help to recruit students and supply financial aid to students who may not otherwise be able to attend the private university.
Another $20 million would be set aside for endowed chairs and professorships in multiple disciples. About $25 million would be earmarked for academic enrichment programs such as the Freddy T. Davy Honors College, the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute, and the University Museum.
Martha Baye, a senior and president of the Student Government Association, said, “It is imperative that those of us graduating from Hampton give back annually, no matter how large or small the contribution, because these funds are in turn feeding back into the next generation of educated Black youth through scholarships.”