Idaho Athletics Launches Donor Priority Points System

Wednesday, November 17 2010


MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Athletics Department has launched a donor-based priority points system called Vandal Points.

The university notified donors earlier this week of the new system, which will provide athletic-based loyalty benefits.

"We've developed a system that provides incentives for supporters to help provide student-athletes with the best possible experience, while at the same time helping the University of Idaho maintain a strong, broad-based and fiscally responsible athletics program," said Jeremy Wang, director of development for athletics and executive director of the Vandal Scholarship Fund.

As part of the new points system, and due in part to the new game-day enhancements taking place in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center in spring 2011, all season ticket seats will be cleared and reassigned.

Vandal Points based on actual donor funds received – not just donation pledges – will be computed twice annually: at the start of the calendar year and at the end of the fiscal year. Only gifts made to Athletics will be considered for the points system.

Benefits may include priority season ticket seating, event parking, special access to events, as well as priority access to tickets for postseason play such as bowl games and NCAA tournaments.

"As new benefits come available, we will use the most recent draw to compute donor priority," said Wang.

The system was developed in response to extensive growth of the Vandal Scholarship Fund and Athletics donor base. The new system provides an objective, equitable and transparent method of awarding benefits, Wang noted.

Additional information about Vandal Points is available online at www.vandalscholarshipfund.com.
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Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year. The University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation classification for high research activity. The student population of 12,302 includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, who select from more than 130 degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. The university also is charged with the statewide mission for medical education through the WWAMI program. The university combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and focuses on helping students to succeed and become leaders. It is home to the Vandals, the 2009 Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl champions. For more information, visit www.uidaho.edu.




About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.