The Big Give

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This campaign ended on April 12, 2018, but you can still make a gift to Samford University by clicking here!
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Brent Fielder photoBrent Fielder matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $300Just for Center for Sports Analytics

An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $500Just for Nursing Community Partnership

An Anonymous DonorBobby and Lynda Little matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $2,000Just for Worship Arts Ensemble

An Anonymous DonorSandra Bowden matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $3,000Just for Worship Arts Ensemble
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Stacy Gay photoStacy Gay gave $100 because 10 donors gave

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From improving local and national programs to empowering students through once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, participating in the 2018 Samford University Big Give is an easy, fun and exciting way to positively impact our local and global communities, creating a better Samford and a better world. We invite YOU to join us on April 10–11 and support a project of your choice.

Your gift – no matter the amount – makes a difference!

ASPIRE is a one-on-one, faculty guided summer research experience for undergraduates. Since 2004 Samford students have been rolling up their sleeves to do original research in a variety of academic disciplines. With your help, we can continue to offer what participants have described as their best college experience. Please click here to read more about this program.

Samford Athletics is more than just wins and losses. Our coaches work hard to have a strong influence on the lives of these young men and women outside of their sport. Recently, our head baseball coach, Casey Dunn, took his players on a five-day mission trip to the Dominican Republic during fall break. On the trip, Dunn said, “The students helped to change lives, even as their own lives were being changed.” Several team members described this experience as eye-opening and one that would have a huge impact as they prepared for their spring season. Click here to see more of their trip. With your support, we will be able to continue funding these life-changing opportunities for Samford student-athletes as they go out and change lives through mission projects.

Every full-time Beeson Divinity School student receives scholarship assistance 35-40% of their tuition costs.  Contributions to this fund go directly towards sustaining and increasing our ability to keep Beeson affordable and attractive to potential and current students. Supporting this fund helps us train and prepare men and women for a lifetime of faithful service to the church. Learn more at Beeson Divinty School’s website.

Cumberland School of Law’s Trial Advocacy program is one of the finest in the nation. Our law school trains aspiring lawyers to think strategically and tactically, in and out of the courtroom. Courses are offered in four areas of interest, and students are provided multiple opportunities to showcase their skills in preparation for real-world application. To learn more about these opportunities, please visit here.

The University Library Special Collection and University Archives is the home of Samford’s history. Part of that history are the pictures, stories, and columns written by Samford students in The Crimson over the years. Many alumni and faculty that have built and left their mark on the university reside in these resources.  It is our goal to make them more readily accessible as well as preserve the content by digitizing all of The Crimson editions. The preservation of these original sources are enhanced due to their availability in digital format. Click here to learn more about all of our collections.

The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and in honor of this historic achievement, the School of Public Health will establish a scholarship specifically for its Dietetic Internship program. Samford’s 16-month Dietetic Internship prepares post-baccalaureate students to be resourceful leaders, effectively serving and advocating for the nutritional needs of the community. Gifts to this project will establish a new scholarship fund.

The Legacy League Scholarship Fund helps make it possible for students with significant financial need and challenging circumstances to attend Samford University. Homelessness, inner city violence, the death or disability of a parent, disabled siblings, job losses and foster care are among the obstacles Legacy League scholarship recipients have faced. Your support of this fund will enable a growing number of young people who have faced these and other challenges to experience the unique benefits of a Samford University education. You can learn more here

Ida Moffett School of Nursing partners with a number of local organizations to provide nursing students with hands-on experience caring for vulnerable populations. These partnerships allow undergraduate and graduate students to serve individuals in a variety of ways, including providing health care and leading day camp experiences for children and adults. Funds raised through the Big Give will help strengthen and expand these essential learning experiences and our outreach to the community. 

McWhorter School of Pharmacy plans to establish the Pinnacle Scholarship to award incoming first year pharmacy students who possess high academic achievement, excellence in leadership and passion for the pharmacy profession with an annual scholarship of $8,000 for four years. The inaugural recipients of this award will be members of the incoming class of 2022. Gifts to this project will support the establishment of this new fund and ensure its future. Click here to learn more about what these opportunities mean for our students.

The Rev. John T. Porter Minority Scholarship was created in 2003 by an undergraduate student who wanted to make it possible for any minority student to attend Samford. This scholarship was established to recognize Porter’s dedication to the Birmingham community in hopes of enhancing diversity efforts at Samford. Fifteen years later, this scholarship is at $92,000 because of generous donors. Please join us as we hope to reach $100,000. To learn more about the creation of this scholarship, please click here.

In the School of Health Professions, students gain hands-on experience through its SamFit Community Testing program, a physical health, fitness and performance assessment service available to the community. The program is directed by Kinesiology faculty with student interns, incorporating state-of-the-art laboratory equipment with the latest knowledge and research in exercise science. Gifts to this project will support the expansion of this program and the opportunities it provides to students.

The Worship Arts Ensemble (WAE) is an innovative ensemble that reaches well beyond the boundaries of the School of the Arts and Samford. WAE seeks to perform and lead worship in churches and venues across our community, in lower socio-economic areas, and in global mission projects. Please click here to learn more about this newly established ensemble. 

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Together, we make big things happen!

Last year, donors (including you!) raised a collective $265,590 for Samford University during the Big Give. Those gifts have enabled our university to continue to significantly improve projects, experiences and programs. The results have been extraordinary and we couldn’t have done it without you.

In 2018, the Big Give:

  • Supported one-on-one faculty guided summer research projects for six Howard College of Arts and Sciences students in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, history philosophy and religion.
  • Helped send 13 members of the women’s basketball team, three coaches, and two support staff on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic where they supported local communities.
  • Made it possible for Beeson Divinity School to honor their commitment that every full-time masters of divinity student receive scholarship assistance.
  • Funded the purchase of iPads for law students to use for all exhibits and trials presentations in new classes being offered.
  • Preserved university history through the pictures, stories columns written by Samford students in The Crimson.
  • Provided $1,000 in scholarships to help students have important real-world, hands-on experiences through the dietetic internship program.
  • Funded ten new sets of field recorders for several oral history projects throughout Birmingham.
  • Helped approximately 9,000 students across Alabama gain the opportunity to participate in the life-changing programs from The Hope Institute at Samford University Orlean Beeson School of Education.
  • Secured financial assistance for a pharmacy education for eight first-year doctor of pharmacy students.
  • Helped the Rev. John T. Porter Minority Scholarship surpass $100,000 in contributions.
  • Enabled the Worship Arts Ensemble to perform and lead worship more than a dozen times on Samford’s campus, in six local Baptists churches and in three civic community settings.
  • Supported Samford’s Center for Sports Analytics, which recently celebrated its grand opening on March 1.
  • Raised awareness and much-needed funds for Samford’s new service-oriented honors program.
  • And more!

Thank you for being a part of the Samford story.  Together, we make big things happen, and the world is better for it.

1851 days ago by Raven Knowlton
Thank You, Samford Family!

Good morning,

Thank you for making the Big Give a major success! With your support we reached new records and showed our Samford pride.

From the 1,458 donors, we had over 175 students show their support on campus, and well over 100 SAMbassadors kept the excitement going on social media. Over 10,000 clicks were generated from your posts collectively, what a great opportunity to share about the wonderful things happening here at Samford!

Forever grateful,

Samford University Advancement

2199 days ago by Raven Knowlton

Hi Samford family! Wow, we have reached 500 donors because of you! Thank you for all of your support so far! Let's keep the excitement going Bulldogs!

2200 days ago by Raven Knowlton

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