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Blue & Gold Fund Goals
The primary goal of the Blue & Gold Fund is to fully fund all athletic scholarships at Marquette University.
Athletic scholarships are imperative to the success of our athletics program at Marquette University. When you contribute to the Blue & Gold Athletic Scholarship Fund, you are not only supporting our student-athletes in the classroom, but giving them a bright future as well.
Donors to the Blue & Gold Fund appreciate the value of athletics and recognize the importance of scholarship support for student-athletes. Since the inception in the mid-1990's, the Blue & Gold Fund has provided over $47 million in scholarship support to Marquette student-athletes. However, as the cost of higher education rises, the challenge of funding scholarships grows as well. Scholarship aid continues to be one of our top priorities.
Currently, Marquette funds the equivalent of 96 full-tuition scholarships on an annual basis through revenues generated by annual giving and proceeds from athletic endowed scholarships. The NCAA permits Marquette to offer the equivalent of 136 full athletic scholarships and we have not yet reached our potential to maximize our aid to our student-athletes.
During the 2015-16 academic year, more than 4,500 donors provided $4.7 million in support for student-athlete scholarships. Building off a record breaking year of dollars raised, the Blue & Gold Fund will look to generate $4.8 million in scholarship support from 4,600 donors during the 2016-17 academic year. We will also look to build our athletic endowment to $20 million. With the support from Blue & Gold Fund donors, we can reach our ultimate goal to fully fund the maximum number of NCAA permitted scholarships.
The generosity of Blue & Gold Fund donors help to provide the foundation of success at Marquette for our student-athletes of today and those of tomorrow. Whether you are a long time member of the Blue & Gold Fund, or a prospective first time donor, your support is vital to our success and we thank you for your support.