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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.”