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6 The HBCU Advocate


Volume 1 Number 6


Winter 2017-2018


Grambling State Raises $1.2M via Bring It Home Campaign


BY PORSHA MONIQUE


Grambling State University (GSU) is a place “where everybody is somebody,” and the current university president Rick Gallot is on a mission to ensure every


go towards institutional growth and the execution


mission, including scholarships,


matriculating


student there knows it. In July of this year, the university embarked on a million dollar initiative to raise $1M by homecoming through their Bring it Home Campaign, which is a partnership between GSU, GSU Foundation, Inc. and GSU National Alumni Association. The funds were raised by alumni, students,


faculty


and business partners from all over the nation. “Just the kick-off alone took us over $300K just that first day,” Gallot told a local news station. And the university well exceeded its goal. During halftime of the homecoming game, president


Gallot presented a


check for $1.2M, beating their original goal by $200K. The funds raised will


university


of the university’s student


stability,


faculty support, balancing the budget, and athletic facility improvements.


Before the homecoming


festivities, Gallot visited Detroit to talk with some of their professional and community leaders and to also garner support for the Bring It Home Campaign.


There, he met with


automotive giants such as Ford Motor Company and General Motors, as well as other important businesses and organizations.


Gallot also


connected with the Detroit Alumni chapter, who presented him with a $10K check towards the campaign from the chapter.


While there, rolling out got the


exclusive chance to talk with Gallot about his trip to Detroit, some of the university’s goals, and his future vision for the university.


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