Preliminary numbers are in and the count continues for Tarleton State University’s third Giving Day, with more than $380,000 raised to pay it forward for students.

The 24-hour campaign took place yesterday — ending at midnight — encouraging supporters, alumni, students and parents to make tax-deductible donations to university scholarships, programs and activities. Donations were collected online and at drop-off points on the Stephenville campus and outreach locations in Fort Worth, Midlothian and Waco.

“This is an extraordinary success and speaks to the generosity of the entire university family as well as the confidence that organizations and businesses have in the value of a Tarleton education,” said President F. Dominic Dottavio. “Together we are transforming lives by building a better, stronger, more affordable university experience.

“We appreciate every gift — regardless of size — and sincerely thank all who gave.”

Preliminary numbers show 646 donors contributed $380,303. Final numbers are expected later this week.

“This level of giving is far beyond anything we ever imagined,” said Dr. Kyle McGregor, vice president for Tarleton’s Institutional Advancement Division. “Giving Day contributions help our students fulfill their dreams for a university education, and they encourage a spirit of philanthropy among students and alumni. That was John Tarleton’s vision from the beginning, and it lives on today through those who give unselfishly to help Tarleton Texans excel.”