Brinkley Challenge

Launched in 2000 to honor Hampden-Sydney legend and iconic Professor of Classics, John Luster Brinkley '59, The BrinkleyThe Brinkley Challenge Challenge is an annual giving competition between the graduating classes of the last decade.


What are Brinkley Challenge points?

Increasing giving participation and increasing the dollar amount of class gifts are the major goals of the Brinkley Challenge, so we award points based on rankings in each of these categories. However, the deck is stacked against the younger guys, whose classes are larger and incomes a bit smaller. In order to even the playing field we include four categories: giving participation, class gift amount, change in participation over the previous year, and change in class gift amount.

It's just like golf, you want the lowest score. You want your class to be ranked number one in each field, so a perfect score is 4, which means your class 1) had the highest giving participation 2) made the largest gift 3) had the greatest increase in participation and 4) had the greatest increase in the class gift sum.

Here's how the scoreboard looked on June 30, 2013 for the close of Fiscal Year 2013.

     Class     Points
2004 14
2009 15
2005 16
2011 17
2010 17
2003 19
2006 20
2007 26
2008 29
2012 36



The Brinkley Challenge 2012








The 2012 Brinkley Challenge Raising Cane award was presented to James Darling '10 who received the award on Willis Davis's behalf.



See past year's standings:
Fiscal Year 2012
Fiscal Year 2011
Fiscal Year 2010

To find out how you can get involved with your class and the Brinkley Challenge, please contact your class agent or Jack Carpenter '11, Asisstant Director of the Hampden-Sydney Fund for Young Alumni & Student Programs, (434) 223-6149  


Make your Hampden-Sydney Fund Gift today and help your class's standings in the Brinkley Challenge.

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