July 8, 2021

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

Graduates Give Back to VSU to Help Current, Future Students Realize Their Academic Dreams

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University welcomed 225 students into the 1906 Society during the 2020-2021 academic year.  

The 1906 Society is a student giving organization that is dedicated to the continued growth and development of VSU through individual gifts from graduating seniors and graduate students who want to protect and nurture their alma mater’s tradition of academic, creative, athletic, research, and service excellence on campus, in the community, and around the world. It was founded in 2006, the university’s centennial year.

“The importance of alumni giving to the mission of VSU cannot be overstated,” said John Crawford, vice president for University Advancement and chief executive officer of VSU Foundation Inc. “Each graduate of VSU has benefitted in some way because of the generosity of someone who came before them.”

Membership in the 1906 Society is open to any graduating students who want to help ensure that future generations of Blazers are given the same opportunities for learning and personal growth that they enjoyed during their time at VSU. Donations of any size are welcome. However, graduates are encouraged to give at least $19.06 in commemoration of the university’s founding.

Funds raised by the 1906 Society provide ongoing support to VSU Cares, a program that provides current students with need-based financial assistance to help them overcome any short-term financial hardship they may be facing. Students in need may apply for the funds at any time of the year. The goal is to help students stay in school and continue making progress towards graduation.

VSU Cares also provides food and clothing assistance through partnerships with Aramark, Second Harvest of South Georgia Inc., and donations from students, faculty, and staff at the university. The goal of the program is to keep students in school.    

“A great way to establish a lifetime culture of giving at VSU is the 1906 Society,” Crawford added. “Our goal is to help graduating students understand that every gift matters and that consistent annual giving is vitally important to VSU's success. A gift to the 1906 Society is a special way for students who are about to graduate to make their first gift to VSU, and the university recognizes their very first gift and the importance of that gift with the red and black cords that members of the 1906 Society wear at commencement.”

Visit https://tinyurl.com/1906Society to learn more about VSU’s 1906 Society.

Visit https://www.valdosta.edu/vsucares/ to learn more about VSU Cares.

Visit http://www.valdosta.edu/administration/advancement/ to learn more about investing in the future of VSU while also igniting opportunities and inspiring excellence today.