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Class of 2020 Senior Challenge

Around this time we'd normally have a senior class giving campaign with in-person events and a house giving challenge, but with COVID-19 and students off campus, we've obviously had to change a few things up!

Here are a few easy we hope all seniors can come together and support one another and the community...

1)      Send a message of appreciation or thanks to a member of our community or pass on advice to the incoming class of Frosh. Check out the form here!

2)      Share a memory from your time on campus! We will share these with your class that you can all save to remember your friends and memories from Caltech! Set up a few minutes to learn more, and we will pass along all the details!

3)      Finally, we are inviting seniors, if they are able, to make a gift of $20.20, $10, or $5 to the Student Emergency Fund that will provide direct relief for your classmates and peers negatively affected by the COVID-19 crisis (this covers everything from medical expenses, to housing costs, to food security). Professor Tom Soifer is matching all senior gifts up to $2500 and $40 per gift until May 31!

You are able to give here or by venmoing @Caltech-Development. If you'd rather give to your house, SURF, scholarships, or another area of campus, you are totally welcome to. Just make sure to indicate that when you make your gift.

With everything going on, I know giving might not be on the top of your mind right now, but the Class of 2020's collective effort could make a huge difference for Techer's who need it most.

Traditionally, we have received around 30%-50% participation for senior class giving; However, we can still have an impact and, hopefully, get all seniors involved in one of these ways!


Caltech Staff and student leadership are working on a number of other ways for the class of 2020 to come together virtually, from happy hours to wine classes and more! Look out for those invites coming into your mailbox over the next few weeks.


Senior Gift is a Caltech tradition that demonstrates the impact of philanthropy on the daily lives of Techers. Though most campus news stories focus on gifts in the millions of dollars, gifts of any amount make a huge difference. Here's why:

  • The percentage of alumni who give back at any level affects our U.S. News and World Report ranking, increasing the value of a Caltech degree.
  • Alumni participation incentivizes larger corporations and foundations to invest in Caltech.
  • If every one of our living alumni worldwide gave just $20, it would be enough to pay for tuition, room, and board for 7 current Caltech students.

Because participation is so important, Senior Gift is more about promoting the act of giving than it is about raising a huge sum. Seniors typically give $20.1X in honor of their class year. Some give $5 or $10, a few give $50 or $100, and the minimum amount is just $1.


Helena Shield, Fleming
Mei-Ling Laures, Blacker


Tiger Lu, Avery 

Tanvi Gupta, Avery

Beth Suter, Blacker

Alex Reeves, Blacker

Morgaine Mandigo-Stoba, Dabney

Cayla Dedrick, Dabney

Lauren Li, Fleming

Elle Walker, Fleming

Connor Soohoo, Lloyd

Alex Moraru, Lloyd

Sean Yu, Page

Kelly Liu, Page

Jack Briones, Ricketts

Gokul Gowri, Ricketts

Tanner Moore, Ruddock

Sierra Lopezalles, Ruddock


For more details, please contact:

Carter Stripp, Assistant Director, Caltech Fund
626-395-6738 |