The Student Government Association announced its new initiative, Elevate Others Campaign, in coordination with the Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives in an email last week.
“This campaign strives to help elevate students on campus by creating a scholarship for the recruitment and retention of minority student leaders,” according to the campaign website.
The campaign will start by selling T-shirts to raise funds for the Dr. Eric L Motley Elevate Others Scholarship Fund — a scholarship for minority student leaders at Samford University.
“I am so excited to announce the start of our Elevate Others Campaign! The Student Government Association and the Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives are partnering together to help elevate students by creating the Dr. Eric L. Motley Scholarship Fund,” Hope Dawson, SGA president said in an email to the campus community.
The campaign will be selling T-shirts on University Tees through Nov. 13. Funds generated through purchased T-shirts will provide funds allocated to creating the scholarship. The shirts cost $25 and will be individually shipped by the first week of December.
“There is leadership potential in everyone, and in order to elevate others, it is vital that we encourage representation of every student at Samford,” Dawson said.
The ordering process is all done through the website, University Tees. Those who want to purchase a T-shirt will need to place the order through the website and provide the shipping address of where they will be on winter break, according to the website.
According to the T-shirt sales website, the ordering process is supposed to be simple and quick. Shirts purchased will actually be a pre-order until all sales are made and the purchase window is closed on Nov. 13. Following the closure of sales, cards given in the checkout process will finally be charged and the T-shirts will be sent to be printed.
With the SGA providing help with the student engagement aspect of the campaign, the Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives will benefit from the results and be able to create a new scholarship for minority students.
“The goal of the Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives is to advance efforts that engage the Samford community in multicultural curricular and co-curricular development while promoting a variety of campus events that enhance cross-cultural initiatives and celebrate diversity and inclusion while promoting respect for others,” according to the Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives website.
There are currently 10 scholarships dedicated for underrepresented groups at Samford, according to the Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives website. At the conclusion of the campaign, the office will be offering 11 scholarships.