Indiana State University hosted their third annual Give to Blue Day on Wednesday. The 24-hour event started at 12:00 am EST and ran to 12:00 am EST Thursday.

The idea behind Give to Blue Day is to raise funds that will then be used to support scholarships, experiential learning, and other programs. Last year following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, they were used for student aid as well.

Part of Give to Blue Day’s appeal is that donors can choose what area of ISU their money goes to. Dr. Kevin Bolinger, professor in the Bayh College of Education and the Honors College, commented on this. “When I donated to the Honors College, I wanted it to be directed to study abroad. For the College of Education, I was able to dedicate it to student scholarships.”

During the second Give to Blue Day held on March 11, 2020, a total of $679,247 was raised by 2,418 donors. This year the hope was to reach 2,700 donors and raise more than last year. While the number of donors was just shy of the goal at 2,620, the donation goal was reached with $1,022,945 raised for ISU.

In a university communication sent to ISU students, Vice President of University Advancement and CEO of the ISU Foundation Andrea Angel said, “This year it has been inspiring to see the outpouring of support we have received from local businesses. Our community partners who are participating in Give to Blue Day help rally the entire community and build pride for Indiana State.”