Nearly 500 members of the Classes of 1999 to 2014 participated in a bracket-style competition to earn a $10,000 challenge offered by Dan Fielding ’07. The money will fund four additional summer internship stipends for students through the Career and Life Outcomes Center.
“Internships are a vital resource, and the College is grateful for the four extra stipends provided by this challenge. Our students will greatly benefit from the additional opportunities,” said Pat Mullane, interim executive director of the Horowitch Career and Life Outcomes Center.
Coinciding with the NCAA’s annual basketball tournament, class members vied for points by making Annual Fund gifts and writing tributes as part of this year’s Who’s Your Hamilton? initiative celebrating the decisive influence of personal relationships in a Hamilton education.
By the midnight deadline on April 6, the 16 competing classes had amassed 1,794 total points toward a goal of 1,812. “Close enough!” said Dan Fielding, awarding his $10,000 to the College. “Anything that gets more young alumni involved is important to me.”
The Class of 2013 took top honors with 323 points, followed by the Classes of 2014 and 2007. As a result of the Millennial Mania effort, the GOLD Group of classes alone recorded 293 more donors than at this time last year. In addition, the total number of tributes inscribed in the Who’s Your Hamilton? online gallery surpassed 800.
Millennial Mania is sure to remain a fixture in the annual calendar of activities for recent graduates. Hundreds of alumni were brought together, the educational experience of current students was strengthened by gifts to the Annual Fund, and the Career and Life Outcomes Center will be able to offer even more internship stipends this summer — a winning combination all around.