Expectations for Syracuse University’s first-ever day of giving were high, and the Orange community exceeded all of them. By all accounts, the Boost the ’Cuse effort on October 17 was a resounding success.
Our black and Latino alumni joined thousands of other alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends of Syracuse University to make gifts during SU’s 24 hours of giving to ensure future generations of SU students have access to a world-class education.
Launched with an initial goal of 1,870 donors, the day’s results were nearly double, as 3,568 donors raised $1,769,780. This included a generous $500,000 challenge made possible by Life Trustee Daniel A. D’Aniello ’68 and his wife, Gayle.
The Black and Hispanic Undergraduate Endowed Scholarship Fund in the Office of Program Development received $9,000 from 135 donors, which does not include the matching prize of $5,000 won for beating the participation rate goal set.
Additionally, the Black-Hispanic Undergraduate Endowed Scholarship was rewarded for the 44th gift along with several other funds across campus.
“Receiving the Our Time Has Come Scholarship has taken an incredible burden off my family and has given me renewed purpose to devote time to my studies,” says Maia Wilson ’19, an English and textual studies major. “The Program Development team offers an amazing support system so it’s an incredible motivation to know I have people who believe in me and want to see me succeed.”
“We are so honored to see that our black and Latino alumni care about and feel a connection to current students and want to help,” says Rachel Vassel ’91, assistant vice president for the Office of Program Development. “Coming off the heels of our successful Coming Back Together reunion we know our community has the capacity and compassion to ensure SU remains an affordable option for students of color.”
Collectively, these gifts are helping SU soar to new heights, as donors supported the part of SU they love most. Gifts came from all 50 states—and from countries as far away as Uruguay, Sweden, Oman, and Japan. Everything received support, from scholarships to school and college dean’s funds to units like Syracuse University Libraries and Syracuse Athletics.
You can still contribute to the Our Time Has Come Scholarship and make a difference.