The 2002 senior class raised about $54,000 alone -- far exceeding its goal of $40,000 -- for the proposed Unsung Founders Memorial. An additional $40,000 in funding has been secured from the provost's office.
Provost Robert Shelton said those funds will come from undesignated University donations.
The Unsung Founders Memorial's final cost is about $80,000, said Emily Stevens, director of the young alumni program for the Office of Development.
The memorial, which is slated to be finished by the end of summer 2003, will honor men and women of color who helped raise some of the first buildings on campus. Stevens said the additional funds would be used for site preparation and the installation ceremony.
Stevens said that the seniors contributed $20,000 and that the rest of the money was donated by parents, faculty, alumni and friends of the University.