OGDEN — As homecoming kicks off, Weber State University announced the successful conclusion of its fundraising initiative, Dream 125: The Campaign for Weber State University.

The campaign raised nearly $164.4 million, far exceeding its original goal of $125 million. Four significant pledges were made during the final weeks of the campaign from the Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation, Ezekiel R. (Zeke) Dumke Jr., alumnus Roger Trinchero and America First Credit Union.

Dream 125 launched Jan. 7, 2014, as Weber State celebrated its 125th anniversary, and ended June 30.

Thanks to extraordinary community support, students will benefit from $37 million in new scholarship funds. Contributions also will provide support for research, technology, training and travel for students, faculty and staff. The campus will also be enhanced with modern facilities, technology and equipment.

The university received cash and pledges from 16,640 donors, 8,327 of whom gave to WSU for the first time. University employees contributed to the campaign as well. More than 1,500 current and former employees gave a combined total of more than $6 million. Students contributed $131,000.

“The generosity of our supporters, alumni, faculty, staff and students has enabled Weber State University students to dream bigger than we could have ever imagined,” WSU President Charles A. Wight said in a statement.