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Adam Ruble

Assistant Director of Outreach

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. The  chairs of the Knox Fund Steering Committee, Joe & Margaret Flanagan '85, challenge the senior class to make a significant gift to Knox in honor of their class's achievements. If the senior class members meet that challenge, the chairs will match the total class gift up to $2,500. 

The Class of 2016 ended their campaign with a strong showing of 209 pledges  and $13,016.01 raised for their class gift, with 68.3% participation. Additionally, the Class of 2016 broke the record for the most Finley Society givers in a class - 109 people stepped up to become new members of the John Huston Finley Society.  

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 Tommy Hintz '16 and Kati Stemple '16. 

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 did my class do?

See the results for your class and who made a gift to Senior Challenge this year!


Contact Adam Ruble, assistant director of outreach, at or at 309-341-7765 or Jennifer Gallas, associate director of alumni and constituent Programs, at or at 309-341-7957. 

History of the Senior Challenge

The Knox Senior Challenge, as we know it today, 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.

2016 marks the 30th anniversary of Senior Challenge.

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More than 9,000 alumni, parents, and friends gave to Knox students and faculty last year totaling 13 million dollars

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