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Senior Challenge


Laura Swanson

Associate Director of Student and Young Alumni Engagement

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401



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What is the Senior Challenge?

The Senior Challenge is Knox's senior class gift program. Alumni challenge the senior class to make a significant gift to Knox in honor of their class's achievements. 

The 2019 Senior Challenge exceeded both their participation goal and gifts raised. Sixty-three percent of the class made a gift to Knox and over $5,000 was raised against goals of 50 percent participation and $5,000 raised. Knox Trustee Nyerere Billups '99 presented the class with $3,000 in challenge gifts for meeting and exceeding the goals and encouraged the class to continue to give back to Knox, no matter the size of the gift. 

Who makes up the Senior Challenge Committee?

Senior leaders of the class make up the committee. Committee members personally ask 12-15 classmates for a gift or pledge of support in honor of the Senior Class and Knox College. Co-chairs this year were Jacob Elliott and Val Varanese. 

How much does the Senior Class raise for the class gift?

Recent classes have raised anywhere between $9,000 and $16,500 for the class gift. The Class of 2006 shattered the record with $16,488 in gifts. The Class of 2012 holds the record for the most donors in a Senior Challenge, with 278. The Class of 2003 still holds the all-time participation record with 94% of the class participating in Senior Challenge.

How is my class doing?

The Class of 2019 completed its campaign and distributed commemorative pint glasses to say "thank you" for giving back to Knox College for classmates who pledged $10 or more. See the results for your class and learn who made a gift to the Senior Challenge this year!


Contact the Office of Advancement at 309-341-7233.  

History of the Senior Challenge

The Knox Senior Challenge began in 1986 as a way for the seniors to get involved in assisting future generations of Knox students.

The idea was to prepare seniors for their roles as alumni and future contributors to the College. Trustee Laurel Andrew '86 as the first chair of the Senior Challenge, and that class reached its goal of 86% participation by Commencement.

The Senior Challenge is still going strong! 

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