Minor had heard about Q Club, but wasn't aware of the various payment options-check, credit card, and electronic funds transfer.
"If I had the money, I would have given it to her," she said. "I just didn't have that kind of money." But, with the guidance of another PLU staff member, Minor eventually joined Q Club and had her Q Club payment taken out of her paycheck each month. "That way I didn't have to pay for it at one time, I could automatically have it deducted. I don't even realize it's being taken out."
Originally joining Q Club at the member level of $300 per year, Minor has consistently increased her contributions over the past four years. Minor's secret is, "you don't have to give a lot-$5 or $10 a month can help many students." Every little contribution adds up.
Minor has since contributed nearly $2,000 to the Q Club scholarship fund. Through her generosity she has helped provide scholarships for many worthy PLU students.
"I really wanted to put money toward education and to support PLU students who needed financial assistance," Goodnow said.
Student scholarships are exactly what Q Club supports. With nearly a third of the students on campus receiving Q Club scholarships, Goodnow liked the idea of Q Club. "I enjoy giving money to the reason PLU exists--which is the students," she said.
Not only does Goodnow give generously to Q Club, she also contributes gifts of stock to an endowed scholarship. "If people can give, they should," she said. "Giving money is a stewardship. Someone helped me. Now, I'd like to help other students get the breaks I had."
The friend told her, "you'll know the school that is right for you when you want to give more to the university than the university gives to you."
With her friend's advice in the back of her mind, one visit to PLU's campus was all it took for Hutson to realize PLU was the place for her. "It's that whole Lutedome phenomenon. No one can explain it until you experience it."
Hutson began giving back to PLU from day one as an orchestra member, alumni student volunteer and through her involvement in student government. Now, as a junior on campus, she has begun to give financially.
Hutson joined Q Club at the member level of $300 per year despite the fact that she could join at a discounted level of $60 (for current students) or $150 (within four years of graduation). According to Hutson, "What would I spend $300 on-clothes, movies? This is a much better use of $300! Besides, many of my friends couldn't come to PLU without Q Club scholarships. They are such incredible people. I couldn't imagine life without them."
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