Olde Guarde members' last days as William and Mary students may have been over 50 years ago, but they are still students at heart. In recognition of their ongoing support to future generations of alumni, the Olde Guarde Council voted this past June to support two new fundraising initiatives to benefit the undergraduate student body.
Beginning this fall, the Council will spearhead a campaign to raise support for both an undergraduate summer research scholarship and a new chain of office for the senior class president.
As William and Mary places an increased emphasis on providing research opportunities for interested undergraduates, the need to raise support to fund these opportunities has also increased. For as little as $2,500, the Olde Guarde will be able to underwrite a student scholarship that will allow the recipient to work with faculty on cutting edge scientific research projects.
For science majors, these research opportunities make for impressive credentials on graduate school applications and set them apart from other applicants for jobs in their chosen field. The Olde Guarde Summer Research Scholarship will provide a very practical means to support the student/faculty interaction that has long been a trademark of the university.
In addition to raising funds for the research scholarship, the Olde Guarde will help to create a new chain of office for the senior class president. This chain, worn by each senior class president during Graduation Weekend, is passed to the incoming senior class president at the conclusion of Commencement. The chain, while imposing in stature and appearance, has suffered from many years of faithful service and will be replaced with a sturdier and more impressive version.