PELLA — Central College's Journey Together: 48-Hour Challenge surpassed its goal, raising more than $189,000 for students last week.

From noon Tuesday, Aug. 17, to noon Thursday, Aug. 19, $189,607 was raised with 334 gifts from alumni and friends of Central.

"Supporting annual scholarships like the Journey Scholarship Fund is one of the best ways to make an impact in the lives of students," says Sunny Gonzales Eighmy, vice president for advancement and a 1999 Central graduate. "We are incredibly grateful for the generous support from alumni and friends of the Central family; it opens so many doors for students."

The challenge kicked off the 2021-22 academic year and the Journey Scholarship Fund's 11-year celebration.

The fund was created to directly help students pursue their dreams at Central and since has awarded thousands of scholarships to students from around the country.

For the third year in a row, the Journey Scholarship Fund saw record support during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2021.

A record $1.67 million went toward the Journey Scholarship Fund, surpassing the previous year's total of $1.38 million.

At Central, 100% of gifts to the Journey Scholarship Fund directly support students. Thanks to the generosity of donors, Central plans to award every new incoming student a Journey Scholarship in the 2022-23 academic year.

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