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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A 24-hour fundraising drive raised nearly five times as much as the university hoped.

Yesterday, the school held its first 24-hour giving challenge hoping to raise $24,000. If the goal was met, UNCW would get an additional private gift of $24,000 for student scholarships.

Donors to the “24 in 24 Challenge” not only met the goal, but well exceeded it by raising more than $118,000. In fact, the drive past the $24,000 mark in less than 12 hours.

“The success of this campaign is a true testament to the passion our supporters feel for UNCW, and the commitment they’ve made to our students’ success,” Chancellor Gary Miller said in a news release. “The generosity we’ve seen over the past 24 hours is certainly inspiring when we consider the impact it will have for the over 70 percent of our students who receive some type of financial assistance.”

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