Class of '64 Gives Taylor Large Gift

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Taylor University's Class of 1964 has given the school $4.26 million, the largest class gift on record. The group, known as Legacy '64, raised the money during an eight year fundraising campaign. October 19, 2014

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UPLAND, Ind. -- The Taylor University Class of 1964 reunion group has given the largest class gift in Taylor history. The group, known as Legacy ’64, capped an eight-year fundraising campaign this morning in presenting a total of $4.26 million to Taylor during this year’s Homecoming chapel.

The project began eight years ago when 1964 alumnus Ron Scott reconnected with Taylor and created a proposal to challenge his 1964 classmates to give a large and memorable reunion gift to their alma mater. “I don’t think any of us would be here if he hadn’t pushed and said he was going to make it happen,” said committee member Jim Mathis ’64, who was Scott’s roommate in college. “Every group needs that administrator who stays on top of the details and Ron was great at that.”

Although Scott succumbed to cancer a year and a half ago, the effort came to fruition and will benefit over 20 various projects on campus with a large sum contributing to substantial student scholarships.

“We appreciate what Taylor did for us,” said Mathis. “Ron Scott’s vision was the key to getting started. He wouldn’t let us get lazy.”

“This gift and effort by the Class of ’64 is an historic, generous effort that is unprecedented in Taylor history,” said Dr. Eugene B. Habecker. “Thanks to the sacrificial efforts of the Legacy ’64 committee, Taylor students and programs will realize the impact of this gift for years to come. We are incredibly grateful for this group of alumni’s foresight and also for the joyful way in which they have given – we will never forget the impact and blessing of Legacy ’64.”

Source: Taylor University