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A Record-Breaking Day of Giving for the College of Natural Resources

Wolfpack supporters around the world showed their commitment to helping us build a more sustainable future by donating a record number of gifts to the College of Natural Resources on NC State’s sixth annual Day of Giving on Wednesday, March 20.

The college received 1,046 gifts for a preliminary total of $2,290,063. These funds, which surpass the total of $1,043,104 from the 949 gifts raised last year, will support student scholarships, faculty research, facility improvements and much more.

In addition, the college won approximately $6,500 in bonus funds — which come from unrestricted university enhancement funds — by winning a number of social media and leaderboard challenges, including the “Most Gifts From 5-6 a.m. Challenge” and the “Why I Give Challenge.”

Donor support also allowed the college to meet its challenge match for the CNR Enhancement Fund when alumnus Lynn Davidson ’79 donated an additional $2,500 to the fund when it received 250 gifts. The fund provides student scholarships, supports research and professional development, and more.

The college also raised nearly $150,000 for the Slocum Camp Hill Forest Enhancement Campaign, which was launched in 2023 to support facility upgrades and renovations. The camp provides hands-on learning experiences for forestry and fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology students.

Other highlights from the day include:

  • Sandy Kelly created an estate gift to grow the Dr. Myron Kelly Scholarship. Established in 2004, the scholarship supports undergraduate students in the Sustainable Materials and Technology program. It is named for Myron Kelly, a former professor in the Department of Forest Biomaterials at NC State.
  • Terry and Vicki Shockley increased their estate gift to the Terry Shockley Scholarship. In 2019, the couple established the fund to provide need-based support to undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Natural Resources. Preference is given to students who are in the NC State Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs and veterans who are not already receiving scholarship or funding support.
  • Hal and Jodie Lawton established the Dr. Hasan Jameel Distinguished Professorship. It is named for Hasan Jameel, a professor in the Department of Forest Biomaterials at NC State. A member of the faculty since 1987, Jameel has received numerous honors recognizing his teaching, mentoring and scholarship. 

Since its inception in 2019, NC State’s Day of Giving has raised more than $5 million for the college. To see more details about the results and the breakdown of individual funds, visit the Day of Giving website.