TODAY: UAH encourages donors to support students through Day of Giving

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The University of Alabama in Huntsville encourages people to financially support students during their second annual Day of Giving.

The 24-hour online fundraising efforts began at 12:01 a.m. and continues until 11:59 p.m. This one-time gift supports student scholarships, student research collaborations with faculty, campus speakers, study-abroad opportunities and athletics. All funds raised are tax deductible.

To give, visit   Donors must give online during the designated time period for their money to count towards the day’s total.  The money has helped many students — just ask Brandon Dean, a junior at UAH.

“If I didn’t have the scholarship I don’t know if I would even be in college; if I’d even be able to afford it,” said Dean, who is studying aerospace.

Last year, UAH raised $7,000 in 24 hours.  This year, the University hopes to raise $20,000 in 24 hours.  Every dollar goes back to the students.

“Whether it’s a specific program, college, athletics or athletic team,” said Jennifer Brost, Director of Annual Giving and Research.

You’ll help providing an education for some and improve it for others. “Giving back to UAH is important because the students that attend UAH and graduate will be in our workforce,” said Brost.

Brandon Dean said the community’s generosity doesn’t go unnoticed. “We may not know people’s names or faces but their impact is definitely felt throughout the student body,”​ said Dean. “The thing with giving, especially with something like this, you often hesitate when you think about giving, but once you do you don’t ever regret it.”

Donors are also encouraged to share news of their participation on social media using #UAHDayofGiving.

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