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.

Congratulations to the Class of 2010

Winners of the Brinkley
Challenge for 2014!


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, 2014 for the close of Fiscal Year 2014. In the event of a tie, the winner is determined by whoever places 1st in more categories.

Class     Points
2010 8
2011 8
2005 15
2013 18
2006 23
2008 23
2009 28
2004 31
2007 32
2012 34

The Brinkley Challenge 2014


The 2014 Brinkley Challenge Raising Cane award was presented to Scott Anderson '10.



See past year's standings:
Fiscal Year 2014
Fiscal Year 2013
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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