This academic year, Cumberland students, alumni, faculty and staff have already completed more than 9,000 volunteer hours through the Public Interest Program. Additionally, all first-year law students participated in a poverty simulation to better understand the everyday challenges of poverty-stricken families. Explore more projects that are possible because of donors like you.
This academic year, 400 Samford students participated in one of our 50+ Samford Abroad programs. Donor support helps students go farther, gaining new perspectives on the world and even on themselves. Discover how this program helps students succeed, create, learn and serve…farther than they thought possible.
In October 2019, Dr. David Finn led Samford teacher education students on a journey to Beirut, Lebanon—a mission supported by the generosity of donors! Once on the ground, the team went to work at a refugee camp. Here, they implemented a curriculum specially designed to meet the unique educational needs of the camp’s children. Read more about this Samford’s team's important Kingdom work.
More than $100,000 has been raised, enabling the scholarship to be awarded to one male and one female student for the 2020-2021 academic year. Established by the school’s advisory board in honor Howard Finch who served as dean from 2011-2019, The Howard Finch Endowed Scholarship will help business students with financial need.
Friends of Samford Arts sustained and improved the great traditions of our program and helped us reach higher by funding seven projects over the last 12 months. Projects included art carts, an iPad wall case, silkscreen equipment, eight hydraulic piano benches, cutting mats and worktables, a powered speaker for Studio 60 and an Epson P80 portable printer. Many of the improvements were recommended by the student arts council, yet made possible by the generosity of friends like you.
Because of donors like you, the scholarship is more than halfway to reaching endowment. At that point, an award can be made every year in perpetuity. This will make a difference in the lives of the school’s under-represented minority students with financial need who have demonstrated a commitment to serving others within their community.
This year, nutrition and dietetics students learned how to interact with the beehives, extract honey and incorporate the honey into healthy recipes. The Samford Apiary's 200,000 honeybees are an asset to the Homewood neighborhood, using pollination to improve the local environment, create more flowers, bigger fruits and vegetables and healthier plants.
The Samford University Debate Team awarded scholarships to their 2019-2020 recruits and continues to work hard toward raising additional funds to help more students. The team earned early-season victories this fall, one against a team ranked fifth in the nation! Additional wins have earned the team a spot competing at the National Debate Tournament in March.
The library purchased and installed two five-bay charging lockers to provide safe and secure charging options for students’ laptops, tablets, phones and other portable electronic devices. Each bay is equipped with 110V and USB charging options and will be able to bring many dead batteries back to life this semester.
In February the Robert Smith Jr. Preaching Institute offered four Text to Sermon seminars for students, alumni and Birmingham-area pastors. Beeson faculty members and an alumna offered training to increase knowledge, understanding, competence and skill in preaching.
Funds continue to be raised for upgrades to the nurse anesthesia simulator that will allow students to perfect their skills with realistic physiologic feedback. This improves the quality and safety of patient care because students can practice in a realistic setting and see the results of their decisions before they ever walk into a clinical setting.
Graduate students in physical therapy and speech pathology teamed up with a mission organization to serve adults and special needs orphans in Ecuador. Donations were used to purchase medical, teaching and learning supplies. One student shared, “I am forever grateful for this inspiring experience and the lasting impact it has left on me, both personally and as a developing clinician.”
This year, the group hosted the annual SAMPSY Awards, celebrating the athletic and academic achievements of their peers. They were also a driving force in the S-Club Ring Ceremony, social events to build unity among fellow athletes and Samford Greeks, and organized community service with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Cornerstone Elementary.
This scholarship was awarded to a local Birmingham student who faces difficult family challenges that culminated just after her freshman year. Since its creation, donors to this fund have helped make a Samford degree possible for minority students. Now, they are providing this opportunity to a deserving undergraduate who is working hard to earn her degree.
This academic year, the student emergency assistance fund has helped 8 students navigate challenging life circumstances. Donors provided heat in the middle of winter for a single mom just months out from earning her degree, rent for a student facing eviction, medical bills for another student’s newborn son, and textbooks and groceries for others having trouble making ends meet.
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