Campbell announces winner of $1,000 #CampbellTAGDay video scholarship

BUIES CREEK, North Carolina – Campbell University’s Office of Annual Giving has announced that undergraduate student Karah Wilson won the 2015 #CampbellTAGDay video contest and a $1,000 scholarship based on alumni votes.

“Without generous donors, it would not have been possible for me to attend the school I fell in love with,” said Wilson, a freshman in the biology pre-physician assistant program from Cary, North Carolina. “Thank you to all alumni for this wonderful surprise.”

For all the generous givers that make @campbelledu function, Thank you for… #CampbellTAGDay @CampbellGiving
— Karah Wilson (@Karah_Wilson) October 22, 2015

As part of Homecoming 2015, Campbell held its 2nd #CampbellTAGDay, or Thank A Giver Day, on Thursday, Oct. 22, when Campbell students, faculty, staff, and alumni took to social media to celebrate donor generosity.

There were over 700 social media posts related to #CampbellTAGDay, and several dozens of those were short videos in which students shared why they were thankful for donors who give to Campbell. Campbell Giving narrowed the video entries to five finalists. Alumni voted on their favorite among the finalists.

In addition to the $1,000 scholarship Wilson received for the favorite #CampbellTAGDay video voted on by alumni, the other finalists will each receive a $25 gift card to the campus bookstore.

“Our givers have made it possible for me to not only fulfill my educational goals but they’ve given the opportunity to grow as a student, friend, peer, and Camel,” Wilson said. “I participated [in the video contest] to show my utmost respect and appreciation for everyone who gave me the opportunity to further my education as a Fighting Camel.”

Campbell Giving held its inaugural #CampbellTAGDay last year to begin a new campus tradition and to highlight donor impact. This year Campbell Giving placed over 450 orange tags on buildings and items – including offices, lab equipment, classrooms, campus landmarks – to serve as a visual reminder of all the ways donors have helped make Campbell what it is. Donors also provide scholarship support to over 900 students last year.

“It’s exciting to see our students embrace TAG Day and enjoy the opportunity to show their appreciation to our donors,” said Sarah Swain, Campbell’s director of annual giving. “Karah’s video is just one of the many examples of gratitude our students and staff have for all that Campbell offers, thanks in part to our donors.

“I hope our alumni and friends know the important role they play in the success of our students.”
[View the story “Top 5 #CampbellTAGDay 2015 Videos” on Storify]