In partnership with Michigan State University’s Give Green Day on Tuesday, November 27th, we are asking you to consider supporting the MSU Tollgate Financial Aid Fund. The MSU Tollgate Financial Aid exists to support families, schools, or individuals who are experiencing financial hardships, but still wish to attend an MSU Tollgate program.
As you may be aware, many of the programming opportunities at MSU Tollgate are fee-based to support the employment of qualified instructors, education materials, and to care for farm livestock. In the past year, a substantial amount of students who visited the farm benefited from the MSU Tollgate financial aid fund. With your help, we can increase the amount of financial aid granted in order to provide a greater number of students access to agricultural-based educational opportunities.
Catherine Hamilton of Stevenson Elementary stated, “The program at Tollgate addresses the needs of our students. Many of our students are in need of cultural experiences outside the classroom. Our students need the opportunity to make real world connections to the content they learn about in school.” An elementary school teacher from Hazel Park Elementary expressed similar gratitude in saying, “We really appreciated the scholarship support which reduced our costs and enabled our students to attend.” Thanks to the scholarship fund, schools such as these are given the chance to partake in hands-on learning opportunities at Tollgate.
With this year’s Giving Tuesday Campaign, Tollgate is also eligible for some incredible bonus opportunities to have their donations matched or increased:
- Two random donors will be selected every hour from gifts made during that hour – the allocation they supported will have $250 added in additional funding.
- During certain periods throughout the day, all gifts will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $1,000 per donor.
- The first $5,000 of donations from a current MSU student made during the 24 hours will be matched. This is the perfect opportunity for student supporters to double the impact of their gifts.
For more information on supporting the MSU Tollgate Financial Aid Fund, or to make a donation to help us meet our $2,500 goal, please visit our donation page. Please also consider sharing our fundraising initiative with your friends and family who have benefited from MSU Tollgate offerings.