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Supporting the next generation

Minnesota Daily Alumni Association Update

By Eva Widder

Do you remember long nights of toiling away in the Daily newsroom for what seemed like pennies an hour? Or the stress of meeting a story deadline while studying for a major exam? Today's student staffers at the Daily manage--quite impressively--to balance demanding professional work with rigorous academic course work. An important part of the Daily's continued excellence is our ability to recognize the best and brightest student staffers with scholarships. With rising tuition costs, scholarship support is more important than ever.

To recognize the hard work and commitment of student staffers, the Minnesota Daily Alumni Association has provided nearly $15,000 in scholarships since 2005. Last year, we established a new endowed scholarship fund. This endowment at the University of Minnesota Foundation will allow us to invest your gifts for long-term growth and, ultimately, provide more scholarships to students.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication has pledged its support of this important effort by committing $100,000 to be used as a challenge fund. For every dollar you give to the scholarship endowment, the SJMC will give another dollar to double the impact of your gift.

We are thrilled with this opportunity to provide even more valuable scholarship support to our outstanding students. Without a doubt, we expect great things from these students in the years to come as they begin their professional careers.

We hope you will consider investing in the next generation of Daily alumni. To make a gift, visit: http://www.mndaily.com/alumni/donations.