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2023 Scholarship Gala

The annual Scholarship Gala WILL be held in person this year; please mark your calendars for Saturday, February 11, 2023.

We are excited to announce that we will once again be hosting our Scholarship Gala in person on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at the Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Inc. Athletic Recreation Center on the Angola Campus of Trine University. These scholarship funds are critical in a student's decision, or ability, to attend Trine (last year alone we awarded more than $41 million in institutional aid). Since its inception, the Gala has raised millions of dollars for Trine University student scholarships, last year alone raising $1.4 million. 

We have many different sponsorship levels and opportunities for those interested in sponsoring this event. Your support can help us continue to supply students with aid that helps them receive a world-class education from Trine University. We invite you to attend this beautiful evening with us and celebrate the importance of student scholarships. Enjoy live and silent auctions throughout the evening, featuring exquisite and unique items. Joining us will be Fort Wayne native, Notre Dame alumnus and NFL New York Giants Linebacker, Jaylon Smith. 

Books and Beyond Scholarship Program

Books and Beyond Scholarship program has become an important part of the University’s annual Scholarship Gala. Trine University students receive financial assistance from institutional, federal and state resources to help them with tuition. In fact, more than 98% of Trine University students receive scholarship grants or other financial aid to assist them with the normal costs of tuition, room and board. However, every year we have students who struggle with finding the money necessary for textbooks, basic school supplies, project materials, etc. 

The $500 Books and Beyond Scholarships are funded by donors and given to deserving students, who without this additional assistance would face the stress and pressure of trying to do without these basic academic resources or borrowing additional funds and increasing the debt they will carry following graduation. The Books and Beyond Scholarships assist financially needy students in the following ways: purchase of textbooks, personal computers/laptops, basic school supplies, e-textbooks, and project materials. These scholarships can also be used to provide meal and travel assistance for students and tuition gap assistance for eligible students. 

Drs. Rick L. and Vicki L. James and The James Foundation, Inc. have very generously pledged to match dollor for dollar up to $300,000 for the Books and Beyond Program. We invite our alumni and friends to respond generously to this opportunity to help our neediest students succeed in their studies at Trine University. 

If you need any more information or help with your donation, please contact the Office of University Advancement at 260-665-4114 or