Milestone reunion classes raise over $115,000 for MC 

Milestone reunion classes raise over $115,000 for MC 

Nov. 1, 2019

Every year, milestone reunion classes make a special effort to support the College and honor their reunions.

Gifts from three milestone reunion classes – Class of 1959 (celebrating its 60th reunion), Class of 1969 (celebrating its 50th reunion) and Class of 1979 (celebrating its 40th reunion) – totaled over $115,000.

The reunion giving efforts were exemplified by the newest Golden Scots Class, the Class of 1969. The class’s reunion giving totaled over $105,000. A large portion of the funds raised – approximately $47,000 –will go toward the completion of the first phase of construction of the College’s Memorial Garden at the House in the Woods, where alumni and friends can memorialize loved ones. Initial work is underway for the first phase, which will include a recognition space for alumni and friends, an informal gathering space, a short contemplative walking trail and scatter garden. As additional funds are raised, the College has plans to expand the garden and walking trail and add a columbarium where ashes may be interred. Read the press release about the Class of 1969’s reunion giving efforts (link to press release).

Although Homecoming has passed, the opportunity to join classmates in contributing in honor of reunions still remains. Reunion gifts made before the end of the College’s fiscal year, May 31, 2020, will count toward a class’s reunion goals. To make a reunion gift, please visit our online site or call Eric Bellah at 865.981.8225. 

BCAA raises money for scholarships, plants tree on campus

In the spirit of the Bicentennial Weekend, the Blount County Alumni Association (BCAA) had much to celebrate during Homecoming!

First, the BCAA launched its Scholarship Endowment Fundraiser. The endowment is being created to provide endless scholarship opportunities for generations of Blount County students to ensure access to higher learning. All alumni are encouraged to give to this initiative. If every alumna or alumnus in Blount County gave $15 to this effort, the association would easily reach the goal of $15,000, and scholarships could be awarded immediately, said Angie Harris, director of alumni affairs at Maryville College.

Additionally, the BCAA Board of Directors raised more than $2,000 to plant a sugar maple tree outside of Willard House where the old tree, due to rotting, was cut down earlier this fall. BCAA raised money to plant the tree, as a commemorative gift during the College’s Bicentennial year. 

Also during Homecoming weekend, the BCAA hosted its annual Harvest Crafts Fair and Bake Sale in the Alumni Gym. With hundreds of visitors and 45 vendors, BCAA raised more than $5,400 for student scholarships. The BCAA has been managing this popular event at Homecoming for more than 35 years.


Maryville College is a nationally-ranked institution of higher learning and one of America’s oldest colleges. For more than 200 years, we’ve educated students to be giving citizens and gifted leaders, to study everything, so that they are prepared for anything — to address any problem, engage with any audience and launch successful careers right away. Located in Maryville, Tennessee, between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the city of Knoxville, Maryville College offers nearly 1,200  students from around the world both the beauty of a rural setting and the advantages of an urban center, as well as more than 60 majors, seven pre-professional programs and career preparation from their first day on campus to their last. Today, our 10,000 alumni are living life strong of mind and brave of heart and are prepared, in the words of our Presbyterian founder, to “do good on the largest possible scale.”