Be Bold: Forever Blue & Gold Centennial Campaign most successful fundraising effort in University’s history
By MSU Public Relations | Feb 12, 2024
MURRAY, Ky. – Following a record-breaking level of generosity from donors and friends across the country, Murray State University’s Be Bold: Forever Blue & Gold Centennial Campaign has reached an unprecedented level of total gifts and new documented commitments making it the most successful campaign in the history of the University. With total gifts and commitments now exceeding $74 million, the University is making excellent progress toward its goal of raising $100 million through this historic campaign.
"As a student, it is so encouraging to hear about the incredible giving from our donors for the Be Bold: Forever Blue & Gold Centennial Campaign. These gifts are helping students right here, right now,” explained current president of the Murray State University Student Government Association and student regent, Ellie McGowan. “With each scholarship, every well-equipped facility, and every resource made available, our potential is magnified. Thank you for investing in our education."
The Be Bold Campaign is inspiring donors to support students and programs across campus. Scholarship and other financial aid support is at an all-time record with $127 million being provided including privately-funded scholarships. Announcements will be made soon recognizing new gifts and commitments to support enhancements to campus spaces including Wrather Hall, the new e-sports arena in the Curris Center, and the Office of Veteran and Military Student Success. Murray State will also be sharing the news regarding the largest single estate gift in the University’s history, a transformational gift from an alumnus that will benefit the Hutson School of Agriculture.
“The success we are seeing strongly affirms that the goals of the campaign are resonating with donors and friends. Through their giving, they are joining our commitment to student success, enhancing academic excellence, modernizing our campus facilities, and strengthening the long-standing championship tradition of Racer Athletics,” said Murray State University President Dr. Bob Jackson. "We are profoundly grateful to our alumni, community partners and friends, as well as our faculty and staff who have made generous gifts to this historic campaign.”
Dr. Tina Bernot, executive director of development added, “We are just beginning to feel the powerful impact of the Be Bold Campaign. We celebrate this progress made through the generosity of our donors and partners with sincere gratitude, and we still have so much more to do for our students, our Racer community and our region!”
The Office of Development builds relationships and generates resources that advance the mission of Murray State University by seeking to cultivate a culture of philanthropy that engages the entire campus community. The office facilitates private financial support from alumni, friends, corporations and foundations for institutional priorities as outlined through the University’s strategic planning process.
To make a gift to benefit programs and students at Murray State University, visit murraystate.edu/giving or call the office of development at 270-809-3001.