It is truly an exciting time to be a part of the Hokie Nation! As the 2016 calendar year comes to a close, we have never been more focused on providing our student-athletes with the best opportunities possible to become successful and well-rounded young men and women. This May, the Virginia Tech Athletic Fund announced the Hokie Scholarship Fund program. This program will bring us back to our roots of providing the young men and women who represent Virginia Tech Athletics ample opportunity to be successful first and foremost in the classroom, but also in competition and the community. It is an extension of the Virginia Tech Athletics Pylons of Promise that is based on the ideals emblazoned on the eight pylons at the Virginia Tech War Memorial Court and our athletics department’s guiding principles of INTEGRITY, SERVICE, HONOR, EXCELLENCE, and STRONG TOGETHER.
With these guiding principles in mind, the Hokie Club is excited to be implementing the Hokie Scholarship Fund program officially in March of 2017. For the 2015 –16 academic year, the scholarship bill exceeded $14 million, the highest mark in school history, and the annual scholarship fund dollars raised combined with the earnings from the athletic endowment were not enough to pay for the total expense ($9.8 million revenue from scholarship donations). Should this trend continue, Virginia Tech risks being placed at a disadvantage to other nationally prominent programs. We want to be the best in everything we do, and being able to provide for our student-athlete scholarship is a vital part of our success.
While the number one fundraising priority for the Hokie Club is to cover the scholarship costs for all Virginia Tech student-athletes receiving scholarship aid, there are other exciting avenues where you can make a difference with your support. These include endowed scholarships, capital gifts to facilities, and planned gifts. No matter what your preference, there is a way you can make an IMPACT on the lives of Hokie student-athletes!
We need your help now more than ever to COMMIT to Hokie student-athletes and help GROW Virginia Tech Athletics to an even more elite program now and into the future. Help us prepare our Hokies Today to be Champions for Life!
THANK YOU for ALL of your support and generosity! GO HOKIES!!!