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Students gave a total of $196.88 to the 1844 Society’s Ransom Dunn scholarship on Dec. 4th during a 1844 Society fundraiser to celebrating the day of Hillsdale College’s founding in 1844.

The society set up a table in the Grewcock Student Union with hot chocolate and coffee, and a total of 17 students made contributions, either in person or online.

The Ransom Dunn scholarship is a peer-to-peer scholarship, and every 1844 society member commits to giving $18.44 to the fund, as well as a post-graduation gift of $184.40 over the course of three years.

This was the first year that the society held a fundraiser on Founder’s day, according to Director of Young Alumni and the 1844 Society Colleen McGinness, and she said next year the society plans to also hold an additional activity to celebrate the founding of the college.

“It’s just a really personal experience because you’re getting to help your current peers on campus with you,” President of the 1844 Society junior Shelby Bargenquast said. “It definitely strikes a chord to help students who otherwise probably wouldn’t be here.”