Social Media Campaign Highlights Donors’ Impact on Students’ Lives

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Rome, Ga. – Shorter University has launched a social media campaign, #ShorterGivesThanks, to highlight the impact donors have on students through their gifts.

Lauren Jendrzejewski

Lauren Jendrzejewski

The campaign is designed to highlight the stories of students like youth ministry major Lauren Jendrzejewski, a native of Texas, who views her scholarship as more than a way to help pay for the cost of higher education. “I come from a small town in Texas and moved 700 miles away from home to attend Shorter University,” Lauren wrote in a thank you note to the donor who helped fund her scholarship. “When I got here, I was homesick and doubting my calling when I heard I had received this scholarship. It has been a HUGE blessing to me!!! God showed me I am on the right track, and it has allowed me to focus solely on my internship at church and my ministry. You have shown me God’s grace and love for me in a huge way.”

“The stories we will share through the ShorterGivesThanks campaign highlight the impact donors’ support has on the lives of our students,” said Shorter University President Dr. Don Dowless. “We have a remarkable group of students attending Shorter University, and we are confident that they will have a great impact for Christ through their lives and careers. We want to thank the donors who are helping fund their education through gifts to scholarships and to recognize the eternal impact these donors are making as they invest in Shorter’s mission of Transforming Lives through Christ.”

Yanelis Hernandez

Yanelis Hernandez

That impact is echoed in the words of nursing major Yanelis Hernandez, who wrote, “I am from Puerto Rico. This year, we got hit with a big hurricane and my grandfather, who was helping me pay for school, lost everything. This scholarship not only helped me finish my first year of nursing school but it also brought some light into my life during a very dark time. For that, I will be eternally thankful.”

“The Thanksgiving season is the perfect time to launch the ShorterGivesThanks campaign,” said Dr. Ben Bruce, Shorter’s Vice President for University Advancement. “We want to take time to thank our donors for the investment they are making in the lives of our students and in their futures. We hope faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends will like and share the social media posts and help us spread the good news of how God is at work at Shorter University.

“We also hope that, on Giving Tuesday on Nov. 28, individuals will consider making a gift to Shorter University to help fuel the dreams of the students we’ve highlighted and hundreds like them,” Dr. Bruce said.

Follow #ShorterGivesThanks on the Official Shorter University Fan Page on Facebook, via the @shorteruniv Twitter account, and the ShorterUniversity Instagram account.

Founded in 1873, Shorter University is a Christ-centered, four-year liberal arts university committed to excellence in education. U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review annually include Shorter on their lists of best Southeastern Colleges. The university offers traditional bachelor’s degrees in 40 areas of study, online courses and degree programs, undergraduate programs for working adults, and master’s programs. Learn more about Shorter at