Donor's 'Belief in Potential' Motivates $1.5M Gift

Date Published: 02-01-2023

Like many young women with an interest in science, Laura Feldman '81 thought about a career in medicine when she entered Syracuse University. But she was daunted by the statistics and her future prospects: At the time, women were not well-represented in medical school; in fact, less than a quarter of medical school graduates were female.

In her latest gift to Syracuse University through the Forever Orange Campaign, Feldman has bequeathed $1.5 million to the SUSTAIN program in the College of Arts and Sciences. Launched in 2017 with funding from the National Science Foundation, the Strategic Undergraduate STEM Talent Acceleration Initiative (SUSTAIN), provides scholarships and academic support along with professional and social experiences to attract and retain students from underrepresented groups in science and mathematics.

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Laura Feldman ’81