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First-ever BHSU Giving Day to commemorate founding of university

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, February 17, 2020/Categories: Events, Students, Alumni, Campus Currents, College of Business and Natural Sciences, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, Community, Donations, Events, Faculty, Home News, President, Staff, Scholarships, 2020

Pictured: Graduates from the Class of 1889. Black Hills State University is rallying 18,000 alumni and supporters around the first-ever Giving Day in school history, Thursday, Feb. 27, marking the 137th anniversary of the university’s founding.
Black Hills State University is rallying 18,000 alumni and supporters around the first-ever Giving Day in school history. Thursday, Feb. 27, marks the 137th anniversary of the university’s founding and officials say there is no better way to celebrate than contributing to scholarships for future Yellow Jackets.

“By showing your support on BHSU Giving Day, you can help open the doors to education for students who struggle to afford college,” said BHSU President Laurie S. Nichols. “Support of donors can make a huge difference in helping students focus on their studies and achieve their degrees.”

As part of the first-ever BHSU Giving Day, individuals can text a donation directly from their phone:

Step 1: Send a new text message to 71777
Step 3: Click the link the reply message to make a donation

“Over the past four decades BHSU hosted an annual phone-a-thon to raise funds to help students continue towards their goal of a college degree. This year we are replacing the phone-a-thon with Giving Day and encouraging Yellow Jacket supporters to donate via text or online at,” said Steve Meeker, vice president for University Advancement.

One in five BHSU students receives a scholarship. It is a statistic BHSU is changing after announcing a successful $43 million Capital Campaign in December 2019, along with the BHSU Giving Day, “One Day for a Big Impact” February 27.

“Gifts of all amounts, no matter the size, will have a big impact on our students’ success,” said Meeker. “Join us in celebrating the longstanding impact and history of BHSU while raising funds to help the next generation of Yellow Jackets earn their college degrees.”

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