In 2014, the Purdue HTM Society and Black Tie Dinner became one of the few student organizations to establish an endowment supported by our evening's auctions and donations. Committed to supporting our student volunteers, this endowment fund sponsors three annual student volunteer awards. Volunteers that portray exceptional work ethic, attitude, leadership, and commitment to hospitality are nominated, and finalists are selected by an independent panel consisting of the Black Tie Dinner Board together with HTM faculty and staff. To date, $6,000 has been awarded to nine outstanding student volunteers. Though the endowment was slated to be funded in ten years, it took just three short years to have it fully funded thanks to your generosity and support.