Class of 1958 Gives More than $100,000, Makes History
Winston-Salem State University's (WSSU) Class of 1958 made history recently when it donated more than $103,000 to the university.
The class had exceeded their set goal of $100,000 pledged to WSSU by the time it celebrated its 55th reunion. Through the generosity and commitment of individual class members, the last installment of $20,000 was presented during homecoming weekend 2013. The final gift totaled $103,000.
The donation is the single largest gift by a class in the university's history.
"WSSU has done an exceptional job over the years of helping students become career-ready as well as consummate professionals," said William U. Harris, WSSU class of 1958 president. "It needs and deserves the contributions and active participation of its alumni to meet mounting challenges."
The funds will go toward scholarships for students majoring in education.
"We are extremely grateful and pleased with the generosity of this class," said Michelle Cook, WSSU vice chancellor for university advancement and executive director of the WSSU Foundation. "Now we are challenging other classes to surpass this milestone."
Gifts to WSSU honoring a class's anniversary has been a long-time tradition.