$1.6M Wolverine Challenge Sets New Record for Grove City

GROVE CITY, Pa. – The sixth annual Wolverine Challenge raised a record-setting $1.6 million for Grove City College from more than 3,100 donors.

“With this year’s Wolverine Challenge breaking another fundraising record, we are again amazed at the level of support that Grove City College enjoys from our alumni, parents and friends. This level of generosity and support is an enormous blessing and sets the College apart from other institutions in higher education,” Grove City President Paul J. McNulty said in a release. “The money raised will help more students gain access to a transformational education and ensure that the college can continue to weather the financial challenges associated with the pandemic.”

The Wolverine Challenge is the end-of-year fundraising initiative that helps the Grove City College deliver affordable and Christ-centered education for students, according to the release. Gifts are earmarked for the annual fund, scholarships and priority funding areas that improve the student experience at the college, which doesn’t accept any federal funding, including student loans and grants.

Grove City announced final results of the Wolverine Challenge Dec. 1. It raised $1,646,205 from 3,160 donors on Nov. 17.

“The Wolverine Challenge is a great way for the College to connect with its most-invested patrons – alumni and friends who know exactly how private Christian higher education benefits students and society,” Jeffrey D. Prokovich ’89, vice president for Advancement said. “It’s not just how much we raise that makes this event such a success, but the number of alumni and friends we’re able to engage in helping Grove City College fulfill its distinctive mission.”

As in past years, fraternities and sororities engage in a healthy competition to garner the highest percentage of alumni support. This year, Sigma Theta Chi sorority won the Challenge Cup with almost 28% of sorority alumnae making donations. For those keeping track, the Nu Lambda Phi fraternity alumni raised the most – $110,008 – followed by the Zeta Zeta Zeta sorority alumnae with $97,094. Greek alumni support is critical to the success of the Challenge, with 45% of donors being members of one of the College’s 18 sororities and fraternities.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.