While the tuition and fees paid by our students are able to cover many of the expenses we incur, the Trinity Fund serves to round out our budget monies. Without the Trinity Fund, the College would be forced to raise tuition by over $1,000 per student just to cover operating expenses. Without the Trinity Fund, the College could not afford to keep its lights on, let alone fund the campus improvements and program offerings that enhance our students’ college experience.
One of the major categories that the Trinity Fund allows the College to fund is financial aid for students in the form of scholarships and grants. While Trinity students benefit from many scholarships that are privately funded, 543 of our students also have their tuition cost reduced through institutionally-funded scholarships. Institutionally-funded scholarships include the Founders’ Award, the Honors Scholarships, the Academic Excellence Scholarships, and 99 scholarships awarded to students based on their choice of major. In addition to the scholarships supported through the Trinity Fund, the College also offers the Church Grant, the Christian School Grant, and the Trinity (need-based) Grant to ease students’ financial burden.
The Trinity Fund receives money to facilitate these scholarship and grant offerings from donors who generously support the Fund year-round. In order to keep our alumni and friends informed about the ongoing need for Trinity Fund support, the College sponsors fund drives in the fall and spring. The Annual Spring Drive, currently underway, has raised $74,322 in gifts and pledges from January 27 to April 1. With a goal of $155,000, the drive still needs help from generous donors to support the needs of Trinity students throughout the upcoming year.
As Trinity alumni can attest, reduced tuition costs make a sizeable impact on the lives of college students. By reducing overall tuition costs and providing grants and scholarships for hundreds of students, the Trinity Fund is certainly a cause worth supporting.