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Participants in the Caldwell March wear pins from their sponsors as part of a program that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. Participants in the Caldwell March wear pins from their sponsors as part of a program that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.

Although the Caldwell March tradition started in 2000, many former cadets who never walked it still take part by sponsoring today’s participants. 

Supporters give $500 to sponsor a march participant, who wears a tag with the donor’s name during the walk. The initiative raised $70,000 for the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets in spring 2009, and has generated more than $313,000 since sponsorships started in fall 2005. 

It’s just one way alumni from the corps, and the university at large, are helping today’s cadets. 

Donors are helping to restore Lane Hall, the historic home of the corps, and have given millions toward scholarships for cadets. 

The donors have sent cadets to flight-test school, and last year made it possible for first-year cadets to visit the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va. 

"Alumni enable things that just wouldn’t happen without their support,” said corps Commandant Jerry Allen. 

Learn more about what alumni are doing to support the corps’ mission to create tomorrow’s leaders.