Thank you. Your generosity has been overwhelming to both my students and myself. The success of this campaign has made clear what I already knew: Virginia Tech is a special place. I'll be in touch with each of you individually in the near future to more formally thank you for your gifts. As successful as we have been in replenishing the Bachelder Scholarship Fund for this year, the ultimate success of our work shouldn't be measured simply in dollars and cents. Instead, I'd ask you all to think of your gift as an investment. An investment in young people, in our great university, and perhaps most importantly, in the Virginia Tech community.
My travels as a professional musician have taken me to every corner of the US and around the world. During these journeys I've been struck by one thing: great art and strong communities go hand in hand. Artists need places that value and support the work they do, and they need colleagues to inspire them and to serve as collaborators, friends, and mentors. Your gift to the Bachelder Scholarship will do so much more than provide a tuition discount for a deserving student. It will sustain and expand our community of musicians and aid all of our students in reaching their goals.
As you can see your gifts make a huge impact on our campus, but there are a lot of ways for you to help our community grow:
1. Come to concerts. The School of Performing Arts sponsors over 100 events per academic year, many of which are free. Attending any of these performances is a great way to engage with our community, support our students and faculty, and witness the return on your investment firsthand. Did I mention that Allen Vizzutti with be on campus this fall (September 28-30) for the Virginia Tech Trumpet Festival...
2. Spread the word. Whether you encourage a talented music student to apply to Virginia Tech or bring a friend to a concert, let people know about the great things happening in the Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts.
3. Sustain your gift. By making your gift to the Bachelder Scholarship an annual event you'll help us keep the ball rolling. Success doesn't happen all at once, it takes a sustained effort over a period of years. My students and I are in this for the long haul, we hope you'll join us. If you have specific questions related to giving please contact Janice Tawney (email@example.com).
Once again, thank you for your support. I hope I'll get a chance to see you all soon. Please don't hesitate to say hello at a concert or stop by my office the next time you're on campus.
All the Best,
Dr. Jason Crafton
Assistant Professor of Music (trumpet)
School of Performing Arts