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Lock in Your Love for Otterbein on Tuition Free Day

Lock in Your Love for Otterbein on Tuition Free Day


After March 31, students’ tuition doesn’t cover critical aspects of their education such as scholarships and financial aid, extracurricular experiences, Cardinal athletics, intramurals and Otterbein’s world-class liberal arts based curriculum. These experiences and more are paid for by donors who contribute to Otterbein students’ future education.

Students are heavily reliant on the generosity of donors for the ability to attend Otterbein. These donors are typically alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends of the university. However, the need for student giving is just as important.

“I donated to the Annual Fund because the experiences I have been given at Otterbein are well beyond what I could have ever imagined” said junior Kerigan McNamara. “Past students have supported me so I hope to carry on this tradition. My peers, and students to come, deserve to share in this incredible student experience.”

Students can easily lock in their love for Otterbein with a donation on the Lock in Your Love website. Graduating seniors who give a $20.16 gift by April 16, will receive a cardinal and gold philanthropy cord to wear at commencement.

Because of this initiative, President Krendl has pledged to match every donation up to $2,500, and the push already has several departments and athletic teams committed to locking in their love for Otterbein.

“Without the support of the Annual Fund I wouldn’t have the great opportunities that I’ve had through the student organizations I’m involved with at Otterbein,” said junior Maddie Hill and recent donor. “My college career wouldn’t have been the same.”

A group of students in Patti Wilson’s Organizational and Management in Health and Sports Science class created this video to ask students if their love for Otterbein was worth $1. What they found was an overwhelming response of “yes!” The majority of students said they would give more.

The donations not only contribute to the Annual Fund but also allows Otterbein to report the percentage of student giving. With a greater participation, Otterbein’s reputation will continually be on the rise, increasing the value of an Otterbein education.

Watch the progress of student giving at the Lock in Your Love website.