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Otterbein Celebrates $21 Million Campaign Mark

September 26, 2015
Otterbein University

Thousands of Cardinal fans celebrated their collective efforts of raising Otterbein’s campaign total to more than $21 million at its Homecoming on Sept. 26. Just last year, Otterbein launched its largest campaign in the school’s history.

“Our alumni, board and donors are really stepping forward to make an impact at Otterbein,” said President Kathy Krendl. “Their understanding of our need to invest in students first by creating scholarships for travel, music, math, arts and sciences, among other gifts, has been overwhelming. We look forward to continuing the work we have ahead of us to build Otterbein’s future.”

Alumna Annie Upper ’86 of Galena, Ohio, helped surpass the $20 million mark with her gift of $1.5 million, the largest single gift from an individual to the campaign yet. Her gift will endow a permanent scholarship and provide significant funding for future Otterbein students, enhancing the access and affordability campaign priority. Her gift will also impact the university’s campus renewal priority within the strategic plan and be a visible improvement to the campus.

“Otterbein meant so much to me as an adult student,” said Upper, a former Otterbein trustee and business entrepreneur. “I needed my degree to do the things I aspired to do and the support here was just incredible. I want future students to have the same support and accessibility that I had from faculty. It’s a special place with talented people that are making a difference in our world.”

Also announced during the homecoming festivities was an endowed scholarship of $80,000 from Lambda Gamma Epsilon fraternity – the largest gift made by any Greek organization in Otterbein’s history. A scholarship will be awarded each year to a fraternity brother who exemplifies the values of the organization and financial need.

Since July 2015 donors have given $2,900,000 to support the “Where We Stand Matters” campaign. More than 25 percent of the campaign donors are first-time donors to Otterbein; 7,700 individuals have donated to date; and 466 corporations, foundations and organizations have committed support. More information about the campaign initiatives and donor profiles can be found at www.otterbein.edu/STAND or by calling 614-823-1400.

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