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Journey Scholarship

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100% of your gift to the Journey Scholarship Fund is used to provide scholarships to our amazing students!

This year we awarded more than $1.6 million in donor-funded Journey Scholarships thanks to the incredible generosity of our donors.

With the support of Central alumni, family and friends, Central will offer a donor-funded Journey Scholarship to every newly admitted student in the fall of 2022. Give to help make this dream a reality!

More Scholarships, More Opportunities

Donor-funded scholarships are an essential part of making a Central education even more affordable and accessible. Central awards dozens of additional donor-funded scholarships each year to help our students succeed. You can give a direct boost to any of them by using the "Other" option while making your gift.

Help Spread the Central Spirit!

Hoo-Rah Day is all about bringing the Central community together. Help us celebrate by reaching out to your Central friends and mentors. Share Central-themed photos of your kids, pets or Central memories on social media. Snap a photo with our Hoo-Rah Day poster or download a Big Red coloring sheet. Share this address – – with #HoorahDay and encourage your family and friends to join the celebration. Thank you and Go Dutch!

Journey Scholarship – $70,000 Match!
ALL gifts to the Journey Scholarship Fund will be matched up to $70,000. That doubles your gift and your impact! Generously sponsored by: Jeff Burnison ’93; John ’84 & Lanette Porter Celoni ’86; Warren De Haan; Julie & Mark De Jong ’81; Angela & Mike Flanagan ’85; Stephen Mc Williams ’96; Charlie ’70 & Deb Den Ouden Morris ’70, Jeff Oliver ’79; Robert & Kelly Braasch Puster ’87; Lance & Judi Clauson Vogel ’82; and anonymous donors.
$70,000 MATCHED
Iowa Challenge – $20,000!
When 100 Iowa residents participate in Hoo-Rah Day with a gift of ANY size, $20,000 will be unlocked for the Journey Scholarship Fund! Generously sponsored by: Dave & Mary Barnes; Steve De Cook ’65; Mark ’80 & Lori Kooiker Ellingson ’82 and Phil ’61 & Berta Van Ekeren ’16H.
100 / 100 Donors
Double Dutch Challenge – $5,000!
Central couple Bob ’56 and Arlys Van Zee Verdoorn ’56 love Central College. That’s why they are challenging other Central couples to give back this #HooRahDay! When 25 Central couples donate, a $5,000 gift will be unlocked for the Journey Scholarship Fund!
25 / 25 Donors
Instagram Challenge
Share a photo of your favorite Central memory or of you rocking your Central gear today. 10 story tags unlocks $2,500 for student scholarships!
Total Gifts Challenge – $50,000!
ANY gift, ANY fund, ANY size.... your gift helps unlock more support! Each time we reach 50 gifts, we’ll unlock $10,000 for the Journey Scholarship. Just by participating, you’ll help unlock up to $50,000 for the Journey Scholarship Fund! Generously sponsored by: Dave ’86 & Kristi Jaarsma Balk ’88; Jim ’65 & Sue Spaans Brandl ’65; Dave & Barb Downs Duggin ’65; John ’87 & Julie Pothoven Fisher ’90; Chad ’97 & Valerie Roush Huyser ’97; Pella Engraving & Sign; Emily & Larry Reynen ’71; and anonymous donors.
250 / 250 Gifts
Inspired by Faculty Challenge – $10,000!
Was your gift inspired by an outstanding faculty member, past or present? That’s great! When 25 gifts are made in honor of a faculty member, $10,000 will be unlocked for the Journey Scholarship Fund! Generously sponsored by Gina & Jim Blayney ’72, in appreciation of Don Butler, Rich Glendening & Bob Maurer.
25 / 25 Donors
Parents Challenge – $5,000!
Central parents are some of the most loyal people we know. When 25 Central parents, current or past donate, a $5,000 challenge will be unlocked for the Journey Scholarship Fund!
25 / 25 Donors
Facebook Challenge
Ready for a challenge? Share your favorite Central memory or a photo in your Central gear in the comments on this post. Once we have 15 comments with a Central memory or photo, $2,500 will be unlocked for student scholarships!
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