Aug 27, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - With the two largest monetary gifts in school history, Utah State's Athletic Development team is celebrating a successful season, bringing in a total of $13,206,882.97 for the 2013 fiscal year.
Furthermore, the Big Blue Scholarship Fund continues to grow at an average of seven percent, a pattern that has occurred for the last five years.
"The outstanding performance and representation of our student-athletes and coaches, coupled with the dedicated and purposeful work of our development team, has been important in our success," said USU Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes. "When we ask people about investing in our student-athletes the first thing we talk about is their return on investment. With the performances we continue to see in the classroom and on the field, its an easy sell."
To thank their donors, the development unit is set to begin the second annual "30 Days of Thanks" campaign. From Sept. 17 to Oct. 17, the development staff will use letters, emails, videos, social media and phone calls to say thank you to not only current donors, but to donors who made gifts in the last five years that are continuing to make a difference.
During the 2013 fiscal year, Utah State Athletics received its two largest gifts in school history, $3.75 million and $5.25 million, for the 26,000 square-foot Strength and Conditioning Center and the 35,000 square-foot Wayne Estes Center, respectively.
Of the more than $13 million donated, $657,350 came from 131 donors to the Merlin Olsen Fund for Competitive Excellence, which helps provide recruitment and assistant in coaches salary support for Aggie Football. Another $1,376,858 was donated by the 1,351 members of the Big Blue Scholarship Fund. Overall, funds for the year were received from 2,124 donors.
Aggie fans can follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics. Follow the Big Blue Scholarship Fund on Twitter at twitter.com/USUBigBlueFund.
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