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Sale of “Finals Survival Kits” Funds Endowment to Benefit FSU Residence Hall Students

Sale of “Finals Survival Kits” Funds Endowment to Benefit FSU Residence Hall Students
Seated from left are Interim Vice President for University Advancement Stephen M. Spahr, President Jonathan Gibralter and Daniel Weir, outgoing president of FSU’s chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary. Behind them are Director of Residence Life Dana Severance and other new and outgoing NRHH officers, from left, Thomas James, Katie Dignan and Nicole Wilson.

Students from Frostburg State University’s National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), an honors group made up of students living in the campus residence halls, spent the last four years raising money to create an endowment that will benefit future students who reside on campus.

For the first FSU endowment raised entirely by student fundraising – in this case, by selling “finals survival kits” to the parents of their fellow students – the students established the fund with a $10,000 gift to the FSU Foundation.

“I am extremely impressed with the energy and ingenuity of these student leaders,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “Raising so much money in such a short time is remarkable, and their efforts overall enhance the community atmosphere for on-campus students.”

Interest from the endowment will be used for awards benefiting students living in residence halls. Preference for the awards will be given to programs recognizing outstanding freshman residence hall students with a minimum 3.0 GPA and a commitment to live on campus in the year of the award. The awards may take different forms, such as a certificate from the FSU bookstore for books and supplies, money applied to tuition or room and board, or money to use for other expenses. The recipient must be planning to live on campus, but is not required to be a member of NRHH. NRHH will determine the specific criteria each year.

The finals survival kits, filled with items like snacks and stress-busting toys, were sold to parents to give to their students to help them power through for finals and completing final papers and projects. Care packages were also sold at holidays like Halloween and Valentine’s Day.

NRHH is part of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls, a leadership and advocacy group of and for resident students. NRHH is built on four pillars: leadership, recognition, scholastics and service. The chapter members represent the top 1 percent of the student leaders on campus and are those who have contributed extraordinary amounts of personal time and energy to make the residence halls more than a “dorm.” Membership in the FSU chapter is limited to 20 active members.

For more information on the NRHH Award and to support FSU, contact the FSU Foundation at 301-687-4161, 1-866-241-3296 toll-free or


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