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Without the incredible support of our donors, Syracuse University would not be where it is today. But a number of exciting initiatives still need your support. Learn more about them below, then make your gift—and help change lives for generations to come!

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The Orange Girl is an honored Syracuse University tradition dating back to the late 1940s. The featured baton twirler–part of the Syracuse University’s “Pride of the Orange” Marching Band (SUMB)–is part of every energizing performance, whether the band is playing on the Quad, in the Carrier Dome during a half-time show, or at any one of dozens of other events.

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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, one of only 160 such schools in the world. The elite designation means the Setnor School will exclusively use pianos designed or built by Steinway & Sons, the maker of the world’s finest pianos.

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For generations of students, Hendricks Chapel has been a place of refuge, sustaining the soul life of the University. 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 human complexity of modern decision-making. 

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For many students, going to college is a chance to explore academic interests, build social networks, and develop their sense of self. Nationwide, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are disproportionately denied these opportunities. Syracuse University is committed to bucking this trend. (more…)

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CitrusTV—the successor to Synapse, UUTV, and HillTV—and WJPZ Z89 Radio are operated and managed exclusively by SU students. For them, it’s more than just extracurricular fun, it’s their ticket to a future in one of the most competitive industries in the world. Z89 and CitrusTV alumni have been hired immediately after graduation by stations and networks coast to coast. (more…)

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Starting this fall, SU students will be able to take a course in giving back. Led by the Maxwell School’s Department of Public Affairs, PAF 410: Philanthropy and You will be taught in conjunction with the Central New York Community Foundation, and will enable students to learn the ethics and values of charitable giving in their own lives and in their community. (more…)

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In June 2011, SU and JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced the creation of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). 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. (more…)

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Say Yes to Education is a landmark collaboration–one that brings Syracuse University together with dozens of governmental, philanthropic and corporate organizations to ensure that all Syracuse public school students can afford, and succeed in, college. (more…)

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Syracuse University is a global leader in inclusion, advocating for and welcoming all qualified students, faculty, and staff. 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. (more…)

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For more than 100 years, Syracuse University College of Law has had a proud tradition of ensuring that students have the resources needed to fund their education. Today, 90 percent of Syracuse Law students receive scholarship or financial aid. To meet this challenge, the College has launched the Syracuse Law Scholarship Initiative. (more…)

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Helping Student Entrepreneurs Bring Business Ideas to Life

For aspiring entrepreneurs, the college years are the perfect time to start a business. If the venture is successful, the market potential is limitless. If it fails, the lessons learned are incredibly valuable, and help make a future venture a success. (more…)

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The number of SU students who require additional aid to stay in school has increased dramatically in today’s uncertain economic times. In response to this need, a new scholarship fund has been created to provide a safety net for undergraduate students with unexpected financial hardship. (more…)

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Syracuse University is committed to helping students from all walks of life have the most successful college experience possible. But we can’t do it alone. Parents and other family members play a critical role in helping students cope with the social and academic challenges of college life.

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Smith Scholarship

The number of SU students who require additional aid to stay in school has increased dramatically in today’s uncertain economic times. In response to this need, a new scholarship fund has been created to provide a safety net for undergraduate students with unexpected financial hardship.

Help Deserving Students Stay at Syracuse

The David and Debbie Smith Undergraduate Scholarship Endowed Fund—created in honor of David Smith for his 35 years of service as SU’s head of admissions and financial aid—will enable us to extend a helping hand to students facing unforeseen circumstances at the crossroads of their young lives.

Give now to the David and Debbie Smith Undergraduate Scholarship Fund
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“If something happens, we don’t want students to just disappear. We want an opportunity to take our best shot at responding. I hope this endowed scholarship fund will help fill the hole of desperation.”

–David Smith

 

Taking Action in a Time of Crisis

When the global economic meltdown hit in fall 2008, SU’s financial aid office was flooded with students whose parents had lost jobs, investments, and savings practically overnight. Compounding the problem, student loans were no longer readily available, and urgent appeals for additional financial aid increased nearly 30 percent.

SU reacted swiftly by launching the Syracuse Responds Initiative, a one-time, 60-day fundraising campaign to provide additional financial aid to students severely impacted by the economic downturn. By the campaign’s end, SU was able to provide additional assistance for 426 current students, many of whom could not have returned for the spring semester without it.

Syracuse Responds was a temporary solution to an extreme moment of need. But SU has always sought ways to offer opportunity to students who don’t fit neatly into existing financial aid policy. Together with his wife, Debbie, David Smith feels the time is right to strengthen the University’s ability to take action when a student needs extra help to stay in school.

Providing a Long-Term Safety Net

The David and Debbie Smith Undergraduate Scholarship Endowed Fund—inspired by the Smiths’ enduring commitment to educational access and opportunity—allows Syracuse University to be prepared for the unexpected by giving us the ability to support students who are suddenly affected by circumstances beyond their—and our—control.

Endowing the fund will provide a consistent, flexible flow of resources that will enable SU’s current vice president for enrollment management, Donald Saleh, to assess each individual case and respond to those who face the unexpected realities of today’s global marketplace.

“I met with Dean Smith while applying to SU,
and I had nothing to offer but sorry excuses,
desperate desires, and a promise to do better if admitted.
He gave me a chance, and my family and I are so thankful
to him for pointing me in the right direction and guiding me
through major decisions in my life. I know his legacy will continue
through me and all those he touched and inspired.”

–Mohamed Jalloh ’01

 

Joining the Effort

Leadership gifts from David and Debbie Smith, Don and Florence Saleh, and SU parents Ben and Arlene Morelli have provided a good foundation. But it’s the combined support of many caring alumni and friends that will strengthen the endowment and maximize the impact of this important scholarship sooner rather than later. The more we raise today, the more students we can ultimately help succeed.

Gifts to the David and Debbie Smith Undergraduate Scholarship Endowed Fund can be made with cash, bequests, and retirement funds, or with annuities or trusts structured as a planned gift by SU or an outside entity, such as a bank.

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