GSU’s second annual 1901 Day of Giving deemed big success

Grambling State University held its second annual Day of Giving on April 19 with more than 1,600 donors participating in shaping the future of Grambling State University.

“When you make a gift on April 19, your dollars help galvanize the programs and experiences that prepare our students to be the innovators and trailblazers of the next generation,” said President Rick Gallot on the Day of Giving campaign.

There were six areas in which people could share their gift. Academic Excellence, Access and Opportunity, Annual Fund, Presidential Priorities, Student Experience, and Tiger Athletics.

This event was used to give alumni the opportunity to give gifts to the department of their choosing. More than $400,000 was raised in the 24-hour period with the help of donors AT&T and Urban Edge Network.

AT&T committed $25,000 to the Dean’s Excellence Fund for the College of Arts & Science and Urban Edge Network offered to match Tiger Athletics for up to $250,000.

Academic Excellence, which helps support the undergraduate teaching of all students, raised $72,114 with more than 300 donors. The Dean’s Excellence Fund has been spread across all the Colleges at the university. These funds will also go towards the Digital Library and Earl Lester Cole Honors College.

Tiger Athletics raised $283,483 for student athletes, athletic trainers, team managers, and the newly-crowned GSU National Champion Cheerleading squad.

Student Experience and Engagement raised $16,751. This will go toward The Black and Gold Room project, to create a central gathering space for students, faculty, and staff.

Access and Opportunity raised $7,295. These gifts will help fund the World Famed Tiger Marching Band, GSU Choir, Whataburger Resource Room and the GSU Career Closet.

The last impact areas are the Annual Fund, and Presidential Priorities, which combined raised a little more than $14,000 that will be used to support the university in areas that are not easily defined, and to support the university’s GAP Scholarship Program.

The official breakdown of how much was given to each department can be found at That page should include a Champions Leaderboard showing who gave the most and which department they chose.