Participation Challenges

Your Annual Fund participation is important, and here’s why:

  • High alumni participation is generally perceived to be an indicator of satisfaction with and validation of the SYA experience. Alumni participation is often considered by prospective students and parents when deciding whether to attend SYA.
  • Alumni participation is important for foundation proposals. Alumni have directly benefited from the experience. Why would a foundation support SYA if its own alumni do not?
  • Within our own alumni body, prospective top donors want to know that others are adding their support, at whatever level they can afford, before adding their own leadership support.

Because SYA understands the importance of participation, we have implemented several incentives to build a broad base of Annual Fund support and participation among our alumni.

First Quarter Challenge

  • Open to: Any class, any country with a Class Agent. Click here to see who your Class Agent is.
  • Incentive: If your class achieves 25% participation in the Annual Fund by March 31, you can choose to receive a personalized communication (video, letter, video chat) from a current student or faculty member. Watch the videos that the classes received last year - CN'01, CN'06 and ES'04.
  • Deadline: March 31

25 + 25 = 50

  • Open to: France classes 1968-2016.
  • Incentive: If 25 France classes achieve 25% participation, the Board will make a special gift of $50,000.
  • Deadline: June 30


Young Alumni Country Competition

  • Open to: young alumni classes 2002-16 in China, France, Italy and Spain.
  • Incentive: Four countries compete for highest participation rate – winning country gets the glory.
  • Deadline: June 30


Class Scholar

  • Open to: Any class, any country with a Class Agent (link to volunteer list)
  • Incentive: If your class raises at least 50% of current tuition from at least 25% of the class, a Class of “Country” “Year” Scholar will be named for the class during the following academic year.
  • Deadline: June 30


Track your class participation below. We will update these graphs every Friday – so come back to see how your class is progressing!