Donate to The Brown Daily Herald Financial Aid Initiative
I am writing to encourage you to donate to The Herald's 2010 Annual Appeal. Your donation will support The Brown Daily Herald Financial Aid Initiative, which enables students to contribute to The Herald regardless of financial circumstances.
The Herald Financial Aid Initiative began as a pilot program in 2006, thanks to a large donation by a generous Herald alum. The program provides a stipend of up to $1,000 per semester for Herald staffers whose time commitment at The Herald would otherwise prevent them from holding on-campus employment or work study.
These stipends, which are awarded confidentially on the basis of need, can truly make the difference for prospective Herald leaders. Especially given the current economic climate, volunteer Herald staffers are routinely faced with tremendously difficult financial circumstances. Indeed, according to Brown's Office of Financial Aid, 43 percent of Brown students are employed on-campus for an average of 8-10 hours a week. The aim of the Financial Aid Initiative is to ensure that these students are free and able to take on leadership roles at The Herald without having to sacrifice this necessary income.
The Financial Aid pilot program has given out over sixty awards so far. But the original donation cannot sustain the Financial Aid program forever and without your help, we cannot keep this valuable program running. Click here to donate to The Herald Financial Aid Initiative.
The Brown Daily Herald, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and all gifts to The Herald are tax deductible.
Here's what past recipients have to say about the program:
“Put simply, the Herald's financial assistance program allowed me to embark on one of the greatest learning experiences of my life. The significant time commitment needed as a member of the Herald's editorial board precluded me from taking part in a work study or part-time job. Luckily, it was at that time that the program started, allowing me to step into my role as executive editor without having to make a financial sacrifice.” —Chris Hatfield '06, Executive Editor
“For me, the math was pretty simple. I wanted to take on a larger role at The Herald, but I couldn't afford to give up my student job. The Herald's financial assistance program gave me the breathing room to become more involved with campus journalism. Working at The Herald was one of the most rewarding and educational opportunities I have ever had. Without the help of the paper's alums and the financial assistance program, I would not have been able to have the wonderful experiences that I did.” —Ross Frazier '09, Editor-in-chief
Click here for additional testimonials from the Financial Aid initiative.
Update from the Newsroom
This semester, The Herald has welcomed over 100 new writers, photographers, copy editors, designers, bloggers and business staffers to our offices at 195 Angell Street. New staffers have already played a role in Herald's coverage of:
Over at Blog Daily Herald, our bloggers have been keeping students apprised of what to do on campus, what events are giving out free food, and uncovering especially witty Diamonds and Coal of yesteryear.
In addition to accessing our newspaper online, you can also subscribe to an e-newsletter of The Herald and have each day's headlines delivered to your inbox. The Herald is also on Facebook and Twitter, in addition to our Herald Alumni Facebook Group.
Gifts of $50 or $100 can go a long way in helping to keep this great program going. Please help us sustain The Herald's financial aid initiative and allow future generations of Herald leadership to make the most of opportunities at The Herald regardless of their personal finances. Your comments, questions or feedback are very welcome. We would love to hear from you!
Christiana Stephenson '11, Alumni Relations Director
Phone: 401-351-3372 x19
and The Herald's Board of Directors:
George Miller '11, President and Editor-in-Chief
Claire Kiely '11, Vice President and General Manager
Chaz Kelsh '11, Secretary and Managing Editor
Katie Koh '11, Treasurer and General Manager
Michael Corkery '97, Executive Editor 1996
Patrick Moos '02, Editor-in-Chief 2001
Amy Ryan '99, Editor-in-Chief 1998
Jamie Schermerhorn '05, General Manager 2003
Juliette Wallack '05, Editor-in-Chief 2004