Giving Hearts Day is the region’s premier 24-hour giving event. It will be celebrated on the UND Campus on February 10y. The Foundation, UND Alumni and partner organization, The Dakota Medical Corporation set aside a day to support students by providing scholarships and providing resources to enhance food security. The Alumni Association hopes this will ease the financial burden on students, help them stay on track in their studies, and make the most of the students’ experience while on the UNU campus. Since the beginning of Giving Hearts Day in 2008, donors have generated more than $112 million to charities and nonprofits across ND and NW MN.
The UND Alumni Association has added a new event to this year’s Giving Hearts Day schedule. This event is hawks fighting hunger. This event will be held on Thursday 10 Februaryy From 10 am to 3 pm. It will be held at the main level of the Memorial Federation. This event encourages students to visit a scheduling event to learn more about the importance of philanthropy while also giving students a chance to give back to the community. UND students are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or personal hygiene product that will go to UND’s Food for Thought Food Pantry. Students will be entered into a $250 scholarship fee to participate in this event.
This event was created due to surveys that highlight current information about college students and food insecurity. Currently, 40% of college students across the country are food insecure. Food insecurity is defined as a disturbance in eating or eating patterns due to a lack of money and/or other resources. The Food for Thought Pantry is located on the first floor of the Memorial Union (Room 138). This program provides non-perishable food and personal hygiene products to all current UND students who for one reason or another cannot purchase/obtain these products. Store opening hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8am to 4:30pm; Wed 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday 12 pm – 3 pm.
Along with the Hawks Fighting Hunger campaign, students are encouraged to participate in the scholarships offered on this day. There are scholarship funds for both ‘general student’ but also for undergraduate programmes. Students wishing to receive these scholarships must apply through Scholarship Central. In 2020, students received up to $2,500 which they can use to cover school expenses; In 2021, scholarship recipients reiterated how positively the scholarship impacted their focus on academics rather than finances for the year.
Giving Hearts Day is a one-day event focused on “people coming together to show their support for the community.” The UNU Alumni Association hopes students will not only apply for the scholarships it offers today (to ease the financial burden and stay on track in college), but also consider giving back to the community through the Hawks for Hunger campaign.
Dominic Maynard is a student editor in Dakota. It can be accessed at [email protected]