Trevecca launches summer giving campaign

For many students, summer means a much-needed break from classes. But others spend the time away from school working and planning in order to return in the fall.

That’s where Trevecca’s Build a Bridge campaign comes in. Designed to help students bridge the financial gap that would keep them from returning to Trevecca in the fall, the summer giving campaign challenges alumni and friends of the University to help students achieve their educational goals.

“This campaign allows donors to partner with us and give students the financial ability to return to Trevecca and complete their education,” said Peg Cooning, vice president for external relations.

The campaign, now in its second year, will run from today until August 15. Last year, the Build a Bridge campaign raised more than $25,000 and enabled 11 students to continue their education at Trevecca.

One of those students was Hannah Somboon, who graduated from the University last weekend. Somboon hopes to use what she’s learned at Trevecca to minister to the people of her home country of Thailand. She’d love to one day translate biblical materials into her own language.

“The education I'm receiving from the religion professors here has humbled me and shaped me away from my own needs and wants,” Somboon said in an interview for Trevecca’s website last year. “I was convicted that the life Jesus lived ought to be the breath that I breathe. The blessings and privilege that the Lord allowed me to have are not to be taken for granted.”

For Cooning, watching Somboon receive her diploma on Saturday spoke volumes about the importance of the summer giving campaign. 

“Hannah was one of those students last year who needed a donor to build the financial bridge to return to Trevecca,” Cooning said. “Watching her cross the stage and receive her diploma last weekend was such a joyful moment!”

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