Young Alumni Honor H-SC's Finest

A switchboard operator, the Dean of Admissions, a coach, a public safety officer, Tiger Football’s number one fan: although their roles at the College differ greatly from one another, all have been recognized for their contributions to student life at Hampden-Sydney.

Since 2003, the Senior Gift Campaign has honored H-SC community members and created scholarships for deserving students, all while involving the College’s newest alumni. Each graduating class chooses a member of the College community who has significantly influenced their H-SC experience. By raising scholarship funds in his or her honor, the class helps extend the honoree’s impact to incoming students.

The 2017 Senior Campaign T-shirt featuring Rucker Snead

This year’s senior class chose to honor Wilson Center director Lt. Col. Rucker Snead ’81. “I’m humbled to be selected as the honoree,” said Snead. “For over 240 years, Hampden-Sydney has educated young men as they become ‘good men and good citizens,’ an effort funded in large part by gifts from others. The Senior Campaign is an important way to help teach our men about philanthropy and giving back to our alma mater.” Almost 80 men joined Snead and the Senior Gift Committee at a kick-off event at the Fishin’ Pig, and, as in years past, sales of a t-shirt inspired by the honoree (featuring the graphic on the right) will support fundraising efforts.

The Senior Gift Campaign is far more than a fundraising effort—it seeks to engage graduating seniors with the College is their new role as alumni. To that end, the Senior Gift Committee joins forces with the Alumni Association for a variety of activities in the days leading up to Commencement. This year’s plans include an outdoor dinner and concert the night after final exams, a golf tournament with local alumni, and an Alumni Association picnic on the lawn of Hampden-House—the graduates’ new “home” on campus.

However, the campaign doesn’t end at graduation; each class continues its efforts annually to raise critical current-use scholarship funds, making a Hampden-Sydney education accessible to future generations of Hampden-Sydney men. One hundred percent of the funds raised go directly to scholarships for young men of outstanding character, academic achievement, and demonstrated financial need.

The Senior Gift Campaign is a coordinated effort between student leaders and Jenna Carr, H-SC’s new Assistant Director of the Annual Fund. A graduate of Lynchburg College, Carr comes to Hampden-Sydney from Randolph College, where she was a program coordinator in the Center for Student Research. She was active with fundraising for her alma mater during her student days and served on her own class gift committee.

In her role at H-SC, Carr works directly with young alumni and current students, helping new graduates transition between student and alumnus and encouraging them to stay involved once their time on the Hill has ended.

Senior Campaign Honorees

Class of 2016 Scholarship
In honor of Lt. Col. Rucker Snead '81

Class of 2016 Scholarship
In honor of Ray Rostan

Class of 2015 Scholarship
In Honor of Jeffrey S. Gee

Class of 2014 Scholarship
In Honor of Walter Simms

Class of 2013 Scholarship
In Honor of Thomas H. Shomo '69

Class of 2012 Scholarship
In Honor of Jason Ferguson '96

Class of 2011 Scholarship
In Honor of Miss Anita H. Garland

Class of 2010 Scholarship
In Honor of Mrs. Dottie Fahrner

Class of 2009 Scholarship
In Memory of Allen G. West '09

Class of 2008 Scholarship
In Honor of Ms. Gerry Pettus

Class of 2007 Scholarship
In Honor of Lt. Gen. Sam Wilson

Class of 2006 Scholarship
In Memory of Peter C. Bance, Jr. '06

Class of 2005 Scholarship
In Memory of Professor Lee Cohen

Class of 2004 Scholarship
In Memory of Conrad Frazier '04
& In Honor of Walter Simms

Class of 2003 Scholarship
In Honor of Ralph A. Crawley

Chief Gee poster

Dottie Farner poster