Shaniqua Wallace

"This is about supporting each other."

As a freshman, Shaniqua Wallace, FOX ’17, didn’t “get” student giving. “I was already paying thousands of dollars in tuition,” she recalls, “and I saw no point in giving the university more money than I needed to.” However, she received quite a shock when she learned about Temple’s philanthropic efforts that benefit students immediately.

“When you learn about programs like the Student Emergency Aid Fund … you realize … it takes a community,” she said. Shaniqua began volunteering with the Fox Student Philanthropic Society, a student-run organization that raises awareness among Fox students about the importance of student giving and aims to increase giving among Fox students. Last year, she served as the group’s strategic partnerships coordinator, collaborating with members of the Temple community to increase the visibility of student philanthropy at the university.

“I tell students all the time that donating means so much more than one less coffee or burrito a day,” she said. “It means knowing that you could be the person that helped another student continue their education or get a chance to start their education.”

As an alumna, Shaniqua said she plans to continue giving to Temple to ensure everyone has access to the same opportunities she did. She wants the entire community to know that philanthropy isn’t just about giving large donations—it’s about coming together as Owls to pool together all our resources through gifts of any size.

“This is about supporting each other in the end,” Shaniqua concluded. “It’s about making it comfortable for other people to be able to continue their education.”

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