Scholarship Gala

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The annual Scholarship Gala will be held Saturday, February 10, 2024.

We are excited to announce that we will once again be hosting our Scholarship Gala on Saturday, February 10, 2024, in 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 $48 million in institutional aid). Since its inception, the Gala has raised millions of dollars for Trine University student scholarships, last year alone raising more than $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 NFL and MLB All-Star Bo Jackson.

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


bo jacksonOne of  the most decorated athletes in American sports history, Bo Jackson electrified both the college and professional sporting worlds. A two-sport standout, Jackson is best-known as an unprecedented athlete, also a national figure for his “Bo Knows” Nike campaign.

Jackson burst into the national spotlight in 1982 as a freshman at Auburn and went on to win  the 1985 Heisman Trophy. Following famed college football and baseball careers, Jackson  played professionally in both sports. Bo enjoyed four successful years in the NFL and eight in the MLB. Jackson stands alone as the only athlete to ever be named both an MLB and NFL All-Star. 

After his playing days, Bo has been successfully running several businesses over the last three decades, perfecting his strategies and venturing into multiple projects including starting several different food companies supplying to the beef  and seafood industry and a CBD business.  

Jackson hosts “Bo Bikes Bama”, an annual charity bike ride. On the ride, Jackson leads a pack of  participants on their choice of  either a 62 or 22-mile route that includes a trip through the campus of  his alma-mater, Auburn University. All proceeds from the event go directly to the Governor’s Relief Fund, which provides crucial disaster preparedness and emergency management resources for his home state.