10 Reasons to Show Your Love for Rollins on Giving Day 2023

February 02, 2023

By Audrey St. Clair ’03

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Photo by Scott Cook.

On February 14, 2023, join us as we come together to show our love for Rollins and unlock more than $200,000 in essential aid for everything from scholarships to hands-on learning.

No matter what moves you to give to Rollins—creating financial aid, supporting applied learning opportunities, championing athletics—your gift on Giving Day unlocks an additional $200,000-plus in vital funding for our students. And that’s a lot of love to go around. When you make a gift to the College this Valentine’s Day, you’re strengthening The Rollins Annual Fund, which bolsters our ability to provide the South’s best liberal arts education on a campus that inspires creativity, community, and collaboration.

From empowering future leaders to supporting nontraditional students, explore 10 ways that your support on Giving Day 2023 is creating opportunities for Tars to find their purpose and make a difference in communities near and far.

Students gathered on Mills Lawn with Tommy Tar showing school spirit.Students gathered on Mills Lawn with Tommy Tar showing school spirit.
Photo by Scott Cook.

1. You’ll compound your gift’s impact. When you show your love by giving to Rollins on Giving Day 2023, you’ll help unlock more than $200,000 in challenge gifts for The Rollins Annual Fund and help the College reach its goal of 1,000 donors. From financial aid and scholarships to the area of greatest need, you can channel your love to the impact areas that mean the most to you. Join us on February 14 and make your gift go further.

Special thanks for providing the Giving Day challenges to Trustee Sally K. Albrecht ’76, Ryan ’13 and Michelle DeVos, the Doggett family, Jeremy Lang ’68 and Lynn Stern, Trustee Patricia Loret de Mola ’78 ’80MBA, Trustee Andrea Massey-Farrell ’98 and James E. Farrell ’15, Trustee Bobby Ourisman ’78, Ron Raccuia and ADPRO Sports, Chris Russo ’82, Trustee Jeff Vahle ’94MBA, and Trustee Erin Wallace ’93MBA.

Michelle Rodriguez ’24Michelle Rodriguez ’24
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2. You’ll make it possible for first-generation students like Michelle Rodriguez ’24 to pursue their dreams of a Rollins education. The triple major in international relations, Latin American & Caribbean studies, and Spanish is making every moment count as she works toward her goal of attending law school and founding her own nonprofit geared toward educational access.

Jessika Linneymeyer ’22 serving a volleyball.Jessika Linneymeyer ’22 serving a volleyball.
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3. You’ll help student-athletes like Jessika Linnemeyer ’22 earn prestigious scholarships for graduate school. For her accomplishments both on and off the court, the biology major and volleyball star received the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, which she’s using to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy on her path to opening a clinic tailored to underserved populations.

Kelly Longstreet working with education professor Jie Yu on Rollins’ campus.Kelly Longstreet working with education professor Jie Yu on Rollins’ campus.
Photo by Diego Meza-Valdez.

4. You’ll support nontraditional students like Kelly Longstreet ’22 as they fulfill their dreams and advance their careers. Thanks to Rollins’ Pathways to Teaching program offered through the Hamilton Holt School, the aspiring teacher is well on her way to having a classroom of her own at Ocoee Elementary School, where she’s been working as a teacher’s aide.

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5. You’ll help increase the value and prestige of a Rollins degree. Alumni participation is a critical component of college rankings like U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of the nation’s best colleges. As a result, your gift on Giving Day 2023 not only supports current and future Tars, but it also enhances the prestige of your Rollins education. Want to say you earned your degree from the South’s top college? Show your love for Rollins on Giving Day 2023.

Courtney Trohn ’23 working with children at Rollins’ Hume House Child Development & Student Research Center.Courtney Trohn ’23 working with children at Rollins’ Hume House Child Development & Student Research Center.
Photo by Scott Cook.

6. You’ll support students like Courtney Trohn ’23 as they hone knowledge and skills in child psychology at Rollins’ Hume House Child Development & Student Research Center. Through her research working directly with children in an observational environment, the psychology major has decided to pursue a child and adolescent clinical track in graduate school on her path to launching a private practice.

Angelina Khourisader ’22 ’23MBAAngelina Khourisader ’22 ’23MBA
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7. You’ll empower burgeoning leaders like Angelina Khourisader ’23 ’24MBA to combine her liberal arts education with the No. 1 MBA in Florida. The computer science major is earning her MBA from Rollins’ Crummer Graduate School of Business in just five years thanks to the College’s 3/2 Accelerated Management Program and plans to pursue a law degree after graduating.

Emma Lostutter ’23 explaining her art exhibition to a fellow student.Emma Lostutter ’23 explaining her art exhibition to a fellow student.
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8. You’ll give art students like Emma Lostutter ’23 the opportunity to create and curate their own art exhibition at the Rollins Museum of Art. Having the opportunity to engage in this kind of real-world experience has been essential preparation for the studio art major, who aspires to become a graphic designer in the fashion industry.

Musenya Ngoma and fellow WPRK hosts settle in for a meeting in Kathleen W. Rollins Hall.Musenya Ngoma and fellow WPRK hosts settle in for a meeting in Kathleen W. Rollins Hall.
Photo by Scott Cook.

9. You’ll provide hands-on opportunities at Rollins’ very own WPRK 91.5 FM for media enthusiasts like Musenya Ngoma ’23. The computer science major credits his experience as the station manager for helping him develop key skills in leadership, communication, and introspection and for instilling in him the desire to never stop learning.

Ghina Fawaz ’22 in the Annie Russell TheatreGhina Fawaz ’22 in the Annie Russell Theatre
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10. You’ll continue the legacy of theatre and dance at Rollins by supporting performers like Ghina Fawaz ’22 who are bound for the stage. From directing a show in the Black Box Theatre to developing an original play alongside her mentor, the theatre and psychology double major discovered a passion for empowerment through storytelling and is now pursuing an MFA in directing at Columbia University.

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