The class with the largest Kenyon Fund participation rate on June 30, 2015 wins the Challenge. This challenge is based strictly on participation - - no gift is too small.
The Classes of 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
A $50,000 need-based scholarship to be awarded in the name of the winning class to an incoming Kenyon student in the Class of 2019.
The Kenyon Fund and Kenyon Parents Fund are an organized way for alumni, parents, and friends to support the College. Gifts from our Alumni and Parents support the annual operating budget of the school. Gifts to the annual fund have ten times the immediate impact of gifts to an endowment.
Because Kenyon Fund gifts support the budget, they impact every aspect of the Kenyon experience. The following charts shows how a gift, on average, would be allocated:
** New construction of buildings is not funded through the College’s budget.
Outside organizations use the participation rate (the percent of alumni who give Kenyon) as a means of judging the College. For example, philanthropic foundations review that percentage when making grants, and so do financial rating agencies when they calculate a college's financial stability. U.S. News & World Report also uses participation rate in its ranking system.
2013-14: The Class of 2011. Recipient: To be announced
2012-13: The Class of 2013. Recipient: Benjamin Raji K’17
2011-12: The Class of 2009: Recipient: Eli Redfern K’16