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I Heart SV week holds virtual fundraisers

President Bachand stops by the Forever Red Apparel table to buy some I Heart SV apparel. Courtesy Photo | Anna Plotkowski

On Feb. 8, Forever Red and the Alumni Association kicked off SVSU’s annual I Heart SV Week is dedicated to fundraising for scholarships and promoting professional networking within the Cardinal community.

“This week is where we celebrate our love for SVSU and all it has done for us,” said Crystal Schultz, the vice president of the Enhance pillar. “We give back to SVSU and its students by raising money for student scholarships and increasing awareness of how to apply for SVSU private scholarships.”

Each day of the week, students and faculty were able to virtually participate in programs. The events included SVSU themed trivia, the ‘5 Under 5’ alumni panel, Advising After Dark, the I Heart SV Scholarship Symposium and a virtual scavenger hunt.

Apparel was also available for purchase at various table sites around campus.

“My favorite activity this year was the I Heart SV Scholarship Symposium,” Schultz said. “I think it is a great opportunity for students to hear from some of SVSU’s private donors, Scott and Nancy Carmona, as well as learn how to apply for scholarships.”

One notable tradition from I Heart SV Week is the SVSU License Plate Campaign, in which students can show off their love for SVSU by getting a themed license plate.

“Alongside Forever Red and Student Association, the Alumni Association is hosting a license plate campaign where students receive a free SVSU license plate and can truly drive with Red Pride,” said Courtney Vanest, the vice president of the Connect pillar.

Even though these events may look different from I Heart SV Weeks in the past, Vanest said, the core values of I Heart SV Week remain the same — raising money and creating opportunities for students.

“The Alumni Association plans to raise money for student scholarships by increasing awareness of the impact scholarships have in campus engagement,” she said. “Through organizing events geared towards networking and providing opportunities for professional development, students and alumni are made aware of the change that a student scholarship can produce when working to attain career goals.”

She said the association understands many students need scholarships to be able to afford college.

“Many students are able to attend college and work towards becoming future professionals through making alumni aware of the influence student scholarships have in continuing the legacy of Red Pride and educating students

on the scholarship opportunities that are available to them,” Vanest said.

All the money raised from I Heart SV Week goes directly to four private scholarships for students offered by Forever Red. Applications for the scholarships can be found on the Forever Red website.

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