Blazers Give Day April 7th at Vincennes

Blazers Give Day is a chance for Trailblazers to make a positive difference every day at Vincennes University.
VU’s second Blazers Give Day is Thursday, April 7, 2022. The 24-hour University-wide online giving campaign and celebration of Trailblazer spirit kicks off at midnight.
“The One Day That Makes A Difference Every Day” unites alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students, and friends anywhere in the world to make an impact that carries forward each and every day.
According to VU President Dr. Chuck Johnson, “Every gift truly matters and strengthens Vincennes University. Together, the VU community and friends will help ensure that the University continues to offer opportunities for students to thrive now and among future generations.”
The Trailblazer spirit shined brightly on the first Blazers Give Day last April when VU supporters banded together to further elevate and advance the University’s mission of accessible and affordable education for all.
The Vincennes University Foundation awarded $850,000 in scholarship funds for the 2020-21 academic year.
Every donor and gift has a positive impact.
Executive Director of the VU Foundation and Senior Director of Institutional Advancement Kristi Deetz said, “Each gift strengthens our ability to make a difference. Each gift is a step on a student’s path to blazing their own trail. Blazers Give Day is our opportunity to share some of those stories, to hopefully inspire others to join, and to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who supports the University they love.”
All donations benefit the Blazers Give Fund, an unrestricted fund that supports the greatest needs of student scholarships and academic development.
On Blazers Give Day, gifts go further. Donors have an opportunity to double their impact. Gifts will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $20,000. Other giving options include a greatest-need fund for a specific college or designating a gift to a favorite fund.
Visit to make a gift.
Supporters are also encouraged to sign up to be Blazers Give Ambassadors. Ambassadors help promote Blazers Give Day by sharing social media content and encouraging friends and family to follow #BLAZERSGIVE.
The day will feature Facebook Live events and additional social media activity. Trailblazers can show their support and spread the word about Blazers Give Day through social media using the hashtag #BLAZERSGIVE.
Trailblazers are invited on April 7 to stop in at Jefferson Union on the Vincennes Campus to take photographs, record a message or write a thank-you note to a donor.
A food drive benefiting Sandy’s Pantry, which provides free, non-perishable food items to VU students, will be held at Jefferson Union in conjunction with Blazers Give Day. Professional clothing donations also can be made for the Blazers and More program, which provides business attire to VU students for interviews, career fairs, and other purposes. A coin contest and capture the flag event for students will also be held.
Learn more about Blazers Give Day. Make a gift at
About Vincennes University – Indiana’s First College
VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper, the Aviation Technology Center and American Sign Language program in Indianapolis, Early College Career and Technical Education Centers, and additional sites such as the Gene Haas Training and Education Center in Lebanon, the Logistics Training and Education Center in Plainfield, and the Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics in Fort Branch. VU offers online degrees and classes to students who need access to college courses and flexibility through its Distance Education.
A leader in dual credit and career and technical education statewide, VU also offers instruction at military sites throughout the nation.
In addition to offering a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs, VU also offers bachelor’s degree programs in technology, homeland security, nursing, health care services administration, secondary education programs in mathematics and science, and special education/elementary education.
VU enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 35 other states, and 21 other countries. Tuition and fees are the lowest among Indiana campuses with residence halls. VU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Founded in 1801, VU is Indiana’s first college and is the only college in the nation founded by an individual who would later become President of the United States. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S. President, founded VU while serving as governor of the Indiana Territory. More information is available at www.vinu.

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