Students, staff and faculty from all across campus took part in a peculiar activity to relieve stress last Thursday: car smashing. The Associated Business Student Council of San Diego State hosted a fundraiser, called “Dollars for Scholars,” in order to raise scholarship funds for low-income high school students.
For $3, students could take a whack at a red convertible with a sledgehammer, and for $5, students could strike the vehicle three times. All proceeds went toward scholarships.
Heather LaPerle, co-adviser for ABSC, explained the importance of Dollars for Scholars. The scholarship is offered to high school students in San Diego and Imperial Valley. Primarily, the recipients are first-generation college students from lower socio-economic homes, but are still high achievers. The scholarships allow the students to make the goal of attending a university more attainable.
According to Brittany Yary, vice president of marketing for ABSC, the goal this year is to raise $2,000. The actual car smashing alone raised approximately $900. The day of the smashing, local news stations came to publicize the event. Yary said this publicity will reach out to the community and even more donations will be made.
The most challenging task revolving around the car smashing event was obtaining the actual car, according to Yary. This year, the car was donated by an SDSU alumni who graduated 15 years ago. The red and black convertible was her very first car in college.
The recently appointed Executive Vice President of Associated Students, Channelle McNutt, finished a midterm in the morning and wrecked a car in the afternoon.
“Hitting the car was a big hit of relief,” McNutt said.
Scholars for Dollars is not the only group that benefitted from this quirky fundraiser: Students were able to relieve stress from midterms while contributing to a good cause.