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Thank you for investing in the students of Pacific Lutheran University!

Whether you made a gift, followed the posts on social media, or shared your PLU story — your involvement demonstrates a commitment to the education of current and future Lutes.

With the combined investments of 994 Lute alumni and friends, and the individual gifts from our Board of Regents for the match, we raised $350,996 for PLU students during the My PLU campaign!

The impact of your generosity can be found in the words of gratitude we hear every day from students, like Michael, who work hard to make the most of every opportunity at Pacific Lutheran University.

“I always remember that it is a blessing and a gift, that my time at PLU is not something I should ever take for granted, and that not everyone gets an opportunity like this.

When I reflect back on the time I have spent here, I count my blessing for the doors that have opened to allow me to attend PLU. Thank you very much for considering me, helping me, and supporting me in my educational goals. I appreciate your help.”

Thank you for opening doors of opportunity for thoughtful, purposeful, Lutes.

Troy Andrade ’07

“I chose PLU because of its nationally-recognized music program and the generous financial aid package that was provided. And although at first I was hesitant to leave Hawai‘i, I can confidently say that I made the right decision. PLU—a university that values academic excellence in a highly personalized setting and fosters critical thinking and personal growth—offered me a sanctuary to learn from the brightest scholars and to figure out, as author Mary Oliver wrote, “what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” While I started off in the music program, I soon began to realize that my passion centered around giving voice to those marginalized and oppressed in our community, particularly our Native Hawaiian community. Honing in on that passion, I pursued a degree in political science and economics, which well prepared me for my subsequent work in law school, graduate school, and my current career. Indeed, PLU challenged me, and I believe all alumni, to think of the world beyond this campus and encouraged us to reach out locally and globally and serve. Some chose to tutor Somali refugees in Tacoma, travel three hours round-trip to educate children in a low-income neighborhood, explore service learning opportunities in Honduras and Tobago, engage in peace journalism in Geneva, and even travel to the end of the earth in Antarctica. I chose to return to Hawai‘i and pursue a career in law to help our community. I am proud to say that PLU set the foundation and paved the way for me to become a successful attorney and advocate for Hawai‘i’s indigenous people. PLU has certainly changed my life, as I know it has for many in our PLU Hawai‘i ‘ohana. I know that I would not be where I am today had it not been for the education and support I received at PLU.”

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