Dennis Burnette, 2006 A DAY for Reinhardt Chair and President and CEO of Cherokee Bank, recently announced that the county-wide fund raiser had met its initial goal and raised $113,831 in gifts and pledges.
"Reaching the initial goal for the A DAY in the first six months of the campaign is a great achievement for all of the volunteers and donors who are taking part in this important effort," Burnette said. "I'm looking forward to seeing just how much more can be raised in the next six months. I continue to encourage anyone who has not participated to please do so."
Reinhardt matches the donations raised each year, and these funds provide grants to qualified students from Cherokee County who attend Reinhardt College. Since the inception of A DAY in 1988, more than $1.5 million has been awarded to local students. Depending upon a student's grade-point average and whether or not he lives on campus, the annual award ranges from $500 to $2000.
Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood, Reinhardt's president, sees this success as evidence of the community's high regard for Reinhardt graduates and the College.
"I've never seen a private college that is more beloved by its community than Reinhardt is," Isherwood said. "So many people in Cherokee County talk about Reinhardt as 'their' college, and it is truly humbling to see how the local businesses and individuals step forward to help Reinhardt's deserving local students."
Barbara Manous, Reinhardt's director of fund raising and church relations, is proud of the support shown by the local community, as well.
"About 150 volunteers asked local business and individuals to support 'A DAY,'" she said. "With Dennis' leadership, and the enthusiastic support we enjoyed from the rest of the A DAY leadership team, Randy Gravley '95, Alison Higgins '00 and Joan McFather, we have had a great year. But don't think we're finished. We're still counting on those who made pledges to come through, and of course, additional donations are also welcome."
About a third of Reinhardt's060 current students are from Cherokee County, a number that has skyrocketed since the beginning of A DAY in the late 1980s.
"In the last few years, Reinhardt has done a better job partnering with the guidance staff in the local high schools so more students are hearing about Reinhardt,"said Director of Admissions Julie C. Fleming. "Also more home schooled students are choosing Reinhardt. Also I think the College has become more attractive to local students because we've added academic programs and expanded our athletic and extracurricular offerings."
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