Contributions to the Penn State Media Alumni Interest Group enhance student life. As a donor, your gift will work to support students directly through scholarship assistance in the form of the Michael D. Walsh Student Broadcasters Trustee Scholarship, while also supporting their operational needs through the Robert K. Zimmerman Endowment for Student Broadcasting and Centre Foundation’s John Raynar Penn State Media Leadership Fund.
One Time General/Recurring Gift to Penn State
It’s easy to give/share the giving page for direct gifts to Penn State, specifically for gifts to The LION 90.7fm directly (their Associated Student Activities operational account), as well as to the Robert K. Zimmerman Endowment for Student Broadcasting and the Michael D. Walsh Student Broadcasters Trustee Scholarship: giveto.psu.edu/studentbroadcasting
The LION 90.7fm Operations Account
If you’re interested in supporting the immediate, short term needs of student broadcasters, you can contribute directly to The LION 90.7fm’s operations account. givenow.psu.edu/wkps
Michael D. Walsh Student Broadcasters Trustee Scholarship
The Michael D. Walsh Student Broadcasters Trustee Scholarship is a permanently endowed fund with Penn State University that supports student broadcasters. It produces more than $7,200 annually in the form of scholarship assistance to students with financial need, helping young people graduate with fewer financial burdens early in life. giveto.psu.edu/walshscholarship
Robert K. Zimmerman Endowment for Student Broadcasting
The Robert K. Zimmerman Endowment for Student Broadcasting is a permanently endowed fund with Penn State University that supports student broadcasting through operational stipends and special programming opportunities. giveto.psu.edu/zimmerman
John Raynar Penn State Media Leadership Fund
The John Raynar Penn State Media Leadership Fund at Centre Foundation is independently managed and separate from Penn State University, though its proceeds work to broadly support Penn State student media endeavors.
Making a major gift to Penn State has the chance to make permanent, annual financial resources available to support The LION 90.7fm (WKPS) on campus. These are two visionary giving opportunities for which we are actively seeking donors.
Named Endowment for The LION 90.7fm (WKPS) Program & Operations Budget ($350,000)
The LION 90.7fm (WKPS) plays a crucial role as the voice of student body, communicating the vibrancy of a youthful campus while serving as a learning environment for students of any academic major as well as community members. By continuing a tradition of independently programmed and operated student radio at Penn State that dates to 1912, The LION represents more than a century of student broadcasting heritage.
This endowment is an opportunity to provide for perpetual financial support, enabling stable funding of approximately $16,000 each academic year for an annual budget that students can build upon from year to year through independent fundraising efforts.
With a pledge payable over up to five years, this named endowment would represent a transformational act of philanthropy that would ensure that even as technology changes, Penn State students would continue to have a relevant media voice to pursue excellence in an environment that respects freedom of thought and expression.
Named Endowment for Student Broadcasting Staff Assistant ($500,000)
This endowment would enable the hiring of a part-time staff assistant at Penn State to serve as engineer and faculty adviser for The LION 90.7fm (WKPS), providing crucial technical, interpersonal, administrative, and logistical support for the all-volunteer student radio station.
It would provide for perpetual financial support, enabling stable funding for a staff assistant with an annual budget of approximately $23,000 into perpetuity, and which would be further built upon by student and alumni fundraising.
A pledge payable over up to five years, this named endowment would represent an commitment to the value of teaching, mentorship, and support that for the first century of Penn State student broadcasting has been often infrequent and under-supported, even while students have sustained the larger vision of an independently programmed and operated campus voice.