Ice sculpture at gala

Trine seeks supporters for annual
scholarship gala set for Feb. 8

Plans are underway for Trine University's biggest fundraising event of the year and community members are invited to join.

Trine's 11th annual Black and White Scholarship Gala, which raises funds exclusively for scholarships, is scheduled for Feb. 8. Ninety-eight percent of Trine University students receive financial aid/scholarships and this event serves as a primary funding source. Last year, the event was record-setting with 365 people in attendance and more than $300,000 raised.

The evening event includes hors d'oeuvres and dinner, live music and live and silent auctions with a range of items from travel getaways to sports memorabilia to designer handbags.

"Trine University is always grateful for community members' generous donations that make our gala so successful," said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine president. "Such generosity makes it possible for Trine to award scholarships to our deserving students, many of whom donate to the program after they graduate."

Another feature of the annual event is an opportunity for guests to sponsor a $500 Books and Beyond Scholarship. MTI Foundation is challenging donors by offering a matching grant of $50,000, $15,000 more than last year. Alumnus Rick L. James, chair of Trine's Board of Trustees, and president and chief executive officer of Metal Technologies, Inc., and his wife, Vicki L. James, offered the matching grant last year, too.

Books and Beyond Scholarships are provided to deserving students who may use the money to purchase books, computers, school and lab supplies and meals. Funds also help students pay modest account balances to enable them to register for the next semester.

Trine staff and faculty look forward to hosting guests for the event and welcome community members to the gala. Tickets are $150 for couples and $75 for individuals. To donate to the silent auction or reserve tickets, please contact the Office of Alumni and Development at or 260.665.4114.