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Heritage Scholarship Campaign: Students Helping Students

$6,727
67%
Raised toward our $10,000 Goal
64 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on January 02, at 11:00 PM EST
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Heritage Scholarship Campaign: Students Helping Students

About Us

Hello from the Carnegie Mellon School of Music students!  We are an eclectic, close-knit group of musicians who are passionate about our art, our school and helping the students who will come after us achieve their dreams. Led by a core team of four student managers, we are taking on the national college debt crisis right here in Pittsburgh. 

The Heritage Scholarship Campaign Team: Alyssa Wang (violin), Laurel Beatty (saxophone), Katie Russell (clarinet) & Christin Danchi (violin)

What inspired our core team to initiate the Heritage Scholarship Campaign? 

  • Alyssa"To help a student pursue music is to help a student become stronger, smarter, and ultimately, a better person."
  • Christin “The financial aid I received allowed me to attend two world-class universities and graduate debt-free.  The Heritage Campaign is a chance to say thanks and give back to the CMU faculty and students who helped me overcome one of the lowest points in my musical career.”
  • Katie"I was lucky enough to come out of college debt-free and working on this campaign is an opportunity to both collaborate with awesome colleagues and help future generations be as fortunate as I was."
  • Laurel"As part of the orientation staff and a live-in mentor in a first year housing community, I work closely with the incoming classes each year. I love being able to witness the energy and excitement of the new students, and I would never want someone to miss out on that experience and the opportunities that CMU offers for financial reasons."

CMU School of Music

 

Our Project

The Heritage Scholarship Campaign is a student-run project to raise a minimum of $50,000 to endow a substantial Carnegie Mellon University undergraduate merit scholarship in the School of Music. With student debt holding back exceptionally talented musicians across the country, this is our chance to give back to our alma mater and ease this burden for the next generation of music Tartans.  While this is a year-long project, the months of November and December are all about our Crowdfunding Campaign!  Our goal is to raise at least $10,000 (20% of our minimum goal) through our site.

CMU School of Music

How did this project get started?  The need for undergraduate merit aid has been a topic of conversation in the School of Music for several years and this is our innovative solution to the problem.  Whether we’ve benefited from financial aid during our college careers or are struggling with college debt like so many students across the United States, this issue is vitally important to all of us. 

CMU School of Music

Many of us have personal stories of how the faculty, students and staff at CMU have deeply influenced our lives and helped us reach our dreams.  The goal of the Heritage Scholarship campaign is to make those kinds of stories possible for future CMU music students and allow them to pursue their dreams without be hindered by the burden of college loans.  Check out our website for more information about our year-long campaign:  http://www.music.cmu.edu/pages/Heritage

CMU School of Music

 

Why Contribute

November and December are our Crowdfunding Months!  Our objective is to raise at least $10,000 of our overall goal during our campaign.  Every donation brings us closer to our target!  We would love to shatter that ceiling and create as large an endowed scholarship fund as possible! 

Have you ever benefited from financial aid in school?  Maybe you graduated from college and, like so many students, struggled to pay off your college loans for years?  Your gift will have a lasting impact on the lives of the next generation of CMU music students like us and will allow them to pursue their careers without having to put their dreams on hold to pay off crippling college loans.  The Heritage Scholarship will continue impacting lives for years to come!  Thank you for your support!

 CMU School of Music

Our way
of Thanking You

$10

Fan

A personalized thank you email from the core team

8 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: January 2016

$25

Contributor

A personal thank you note from the core team

7 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: January 2016

$50

Collaborator

A shout-out on the School of Music Facebook page, plus a handwritten thank you note from the core team

6 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: January 2016

$100

Friend

Mention on our website and in printed programs, a shout-out on the School of Music Facebook page and a hand-written thank you note from the core team

12 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: January 2016

$250

Supporter

A School of Music CD, mention on our website and in printed programs, a shout-out on the School of Music Facebook page and a hand-written thank you note from the core team

8 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: May 2016

$500

Patron

A "Musical Thank You" video from a current School of Music student, mention on our website and in printed programs, a shout-out on the School of Music Facebook page and a hand-written thank you note from the core team

0 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: May 2016
Our Crowdfunding Groups