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Establishing Scholarships

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Establishing A Named DSU Scholarship To establish a named scholarship fund, a minimum of $3,000 is required. A named fund can be established with a down payment of $1,000 and a pledge commitment for the remainder. Pledges to the fund should be completed within three years. At the time of completion, awards can be made in increments as agreed upon by the donor. If $3,000 minimum has not been donated by the donor or others within three years, the amount raised for the Scholarship Fund will revert to the Delaware State University Foundation general scholarship fund and will be awarded based on the criteria given within the signed Scholarship Agreement. Scholarship recipients are chosen by the university’s Scholarship Committee based on criteria established by the donor in conjunction with staff of the Office of Development and University Relations. Donors are apprised of the recipients of the scholarship. Establishing A Named Endowed Fund or DSU Endowed Scholarship There is a consistent need for endowed funds contributed by the various constituencies of the University to be awarded to students on the basis of either scholarly merit and/or financial need. One vehicle to address this need is through the establishment of scholarship funds to honor or memorialize individuals/groups. The minimum to establish an endowed scholarship is $10,000, payable in installments up to a three year period.  Until the scholarship balance reaches $10,000, DSU will not publish the scholarship.  After the minimum is received, online giving may be utilized as a convenient option for further support of the endowed scholarship. Additional contributions may be made by the Donor and the Donor shall permit others to contribute to this Fund, but all such gifts shall be subject to the terms and conditions outlined in the Scholarship Agreement. The minimum for an endowed scholarship is $10,000 and the donor has three years from the pledge date to make installments towards the required amount. If $10,000 has not been donated by the donor or others within three years, the amount raised for the Endowed Scholarship Fund will revert to the Delaware State University Foundation general scholarship fund and will be awarded based on the criteria given within the signed Scholarship Agreement. The endowment will be managed by the Board of Directors of the Foundation in accordance with the Foundation's investment and disbursement policies which have been provided to the Donor. The Fund may be combined with the Foundation's other assets for investment purposes. The total return earned by the Fund, in excess of the payout amount provided for expenditure, will be retained to protect the corpus principal from the effects of inflation. Scholarship recipients are chosen by the university’s Scholarship Committee based on criteria established by the donor in conjunction with staff of the Office of Development. Donors are apprised of the recipients of the scholarship. For more information contact: Office of Development Delaware State University 1200 North DuPont Highway Dover, DE 19901 dsufoundation@desu.edu        
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"Thank you for providing funding for this scholarship. I really want to graduate from college, but getting a college degree is both mentally and financially difficult.  By providing funds for this scholarship, you help me because I no longer need to stress about paying for college and I can focus on school work.  Thank you for helping make my school career possible."
-Kendra, pre-nursing major

Naming Opportunities

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An array of possibilities exists at Delaware State University for donors interested in naming opportunities. The financial requirements for naming opportunities differ, and donors are encouraged to discuss their ideas with the Office of Development.  We invite you to consider a wide variety of opportunities and help DSU address current needs and prepare for the challenges of the next century. All facility naming opportunities are subject to DSU Board approval and while these are guidelines; we welcome the opportunity to work with you directly to meet your particular interests. Please give us a call at 302.857.6055 if you have an interest in reviewing the options in greater detail or planning your gift to partner with DSU. Current naming opportunities exist with for facilities such as the Wellness & Recreation Center and the DSU Strength and Conditioning Center. For more information contact: Vita Pickrum Associate Vice President for Development Delaware State University 1200 North DuPont Highway Dover, DE 19901 vpickrum@desu.edu  Wellness & Recreation Center       DSU Strength and Conditioning Center        

Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions What is the Annual Fund?  Who do we contact? Will I get a separate call from my college, school, or department? Where does the money go? How much of my gift really goes where I want it to go? Why do you conduct a telephone campaign? Where is the Phone-a-thon Center located? Are the callers really DSU students? Is the student a volunteer? When do you call? Why did I get called twice? Is my gift tax-deductible? May I use my credit card? Is this the Delaware State University Alumni Association? Can I pay my DSU Alumni Association dues through the Phone-a-thon? May I choose where I want my gift to go? Can I call you back? Will my company match my gift? How does this work, exactly, if I want to make a gift? Can you send me a blank pledge card? May I select the student to receive my gift that is earmarked for scholarships? My questions is not listed above, who do I contact?       What is the Annual Fund? This is a term used for the annual fundraising drives conducted by the Office of Development. Solicitations are made via the telephone, direct mail, and the internet. Back to top Who do we contact? Alumni, faculty, staff, and friends. Back to top Will I get a separate call from my college, school, or department? No. Phonathon student callers contact alumni from each college. You may always inform the student to direct your gift to a particular department or fund. In rare cases, you may also be contacted by a staff person from the University in connection with a special project. We encourage everyone to make a regular annual gift to DSU. Your participation is important to us. Back to top Where does the money go? To support academic programs such as scholarships, graduate fellowships, library resources, computer upgrades, program enhancements, chairs, professorships, and research that directly benefit the faculty and students here on campus and for athletics support. Back to top How much of my gift really goes where I want it to go? 100% of each gift is guaranteed to go to the designation specified by each donor.  Back to top Why do you conduct a telephone campaign? A significant portion of DSU’s budget comes from federal and state allocations – the remainder must come from other sources, such as tuition and private gifts. We find that a quick friendly telephone call from a current student is a pleasant way for you to stay connected to the university, and for the student to be able to explain opportunities to support academic programs. Back to top Where is the Phone-a-thon Center located? The second floor of the Administration and Student Services Building and adjacent to the Office of Development. This is a convenient location for our student callers. Back to top Are the callers really DSU students? Yes. We employ 10-15 students throughout the year. In some cases, a student may continue working part-time after graduation. Back to top Is the student a volunteer? No. With over 10,000 alumni to contact, this provides a wonderful opportunity for students to earn money for college, while gaining valuable office and communications experience. Back to top When do you call? Our normal hours of operation are Monday thru Thursday evenings. We comply with all applicable state and federal regulations and do not call after 9 pm. Back to top Why did I get called twice? Typically all alumni should only receive one call from a Phonathon caller. Occasionally, you will receive a second call if both you and your spouse or significant other are alumni, or if you are a parent of a current student, or if your child is a graduate of DSU and still living at home according to our records. Back to top Is my gift tax-deductible? Yes, 100%. Once we receive your gift, you will receive a thank you letter verifying that your gift has been deposited into the account you have specified. Back to top May I use my credit card? Yes - once you receive your pledge card in the mail, you will see instructions for using your Visa, MasterCard, or Discover. Back to top Is this the Delaware State University Alumni Association? No. The Delaware State University University Alumni Association (DSUAA) seeks memberships from all graduates of Delaware State University. Annual membership dues are $25. These memberships are not charitable contributions and are not tax deductible. You may find more information about the Delaware State University Alumni Association at www.desu.edu/alumni. Back to top Can I pay my DSU Alumni Association dues through the Phonathon? No. These memberships are not charitable contributions and are not tax deductible. Back to top May I choose where I want my gift to go? Yes. While unrestricted funds are always needed, many alumni choose to designate a gift to any department, college, scholarship fund, other academic program, or athletics at the University. Back to top Can I call you back? Our students only work part-time, in the evenings, so it’s very difficult to reach the particular student who may have attempted to reach you. You may call our Annual Fund Office at 302-857-6056 with your questions or concerns, Monday thru Friday 8:30a.m. until 4:30p.m. EST. Back to top Will my company match my gift? Very possibly! Hundreds of national companies will match a gift by an employee. This can double or even triple your gift to the Delaware State University. Contact your Human Resources Office for details. Note: spouses of employees, retired employees, and board members are often eligible for the match as well. Back to top How does this work, exactly, if I want to make a gift? It’s easy! Simply tell the student how much you would like to pledge. Then we will send you a pledge form, with all pertinent details spelled out. An envelope will be provided for you to return your gift. It’s that simple! Back to top Can you send me a blank pledge card? Yes. We will be glad to send you a packet of information for you to peruse at your convenience. When you receive this packet, we hope we can count on your participation. Back to top May I select the student to receive my gift that is earmarked for scholarships? No. In keeping with IRS regulations, a donor may not select the benefactor of a particular scholarship. The DSU Scholarship Committee is careful to strictly adhere to donor restrictions when determining the DSU scholarship recipients. Back to top My questions is not listed above, who do I contact? If your question is not answered above, please contact us at DSUfoundation@desu.edu. Back to top  

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