Special Initiatives

We can look back and be proud of all that’s been accomplished through gifts to the recently completed Campaign for Syracuse University. But for Syracuse University to continually deliver the best student experience, many of its programs and services are still in need of support. Currently, we seek additional funds in many areas. Learn more about them by clicking on the links below.

  • College of Law Scholarship Initative:  Today, 90 percent of Syracuse Law students receive scholarship or financial aid.  A financially competitive scholarship can make the difference between a student enrolling at Syracuse Law or another school.
  • Inclusive Campus Initiative: The Inclusive Campus Initiative for people with disabilities involves all aspects of SU’s operations, every school and college, and 10 campuses across four continents.
  • Institute for Veterans and Military Families: The first of its kind in the United States, the institute will serve all 25 million U.S. veterans, focusing on the social, economic, education, and policy issues affecting them and their families post-service.
  • Say Yes to Education: Say Yes to Education is a landmark collaboration established to ensure that all Syracuse public school students can afford, and have the tools to succeed in, college.
  • All-Steinway Campaign: The College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) has launched a $2.5 million campaign to help its Rose, Jules R., and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music become an All-Steinway School.
  • Carnegie Library Renovation: Plans are now underway to return Carnegie Library and its grand reading room to its original elegance and purpose—to be an inspiring place for quiet study and research.
  • CitrusTV and WJPZ Z89: CitrusTV—the successor to Synapse, UUTV, and HillTV—and WJPZ Z89 Radio are operated and managed exclusively by SU students. Currently, the stations are raising funds to convert an old Watson Hall convenience store into edit bays and voiceover booths.
  • David and Debbie Smith Undergraduate Scholarship Endowed Fund: Created to honor David Smith for his 35 years of service as SU’s head of admissions and financial aid, this fund will enable SU to extend a helping hand to students facing unforeseen circumstances at the crossroads of their young lives.
  • Hendricks Chapel: For generations of students, Hendricks Chapel has been a place of refuge. Chapel programs reach across disciplines to encourage critical thinking about the religious, moral, and ethical issues of our time, creating soulful citizens prepared to grapple with the complexity of modern decision-making.
  • Learning Philanthropy at Maxwell: SU students are now able to take a course in giving back. In “PAF 410: Philanthropy and You,” students learn the ethics and values of charitable giving by granting donated funds to area non-profits.
  • LGBT Resource Center: For lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, the LGBT Resource Center provides a safe space and resources for them and their allies. Gifts are needed to provide emergency grants to students, fund campus workshops and lectures, and enable students to conduct academic research.
  • Project Transition: Project Transition was created to ensure that all SU parents—regardless of socioeconomic or other barriers—have a firm connection to the University and gain the insight and confidence they need to coach, counsel, and cheer on their children to four years of academic success.
  • Student Start-up Accelerator: This interdisciplinary program provides student entrepreneurs from across campus with all of the tools they need to develop business ideas and turn them into reality.