FSU Raising Critical Financial Support for Students

FSU Raising Critical Financial Support for Students

Jul 29, 2015

Framingham State University’s largest ever comprehensive fundraising campaign recently surpassed the $7.5 million mark, as alumni and friends of the University step up to contribute critical financial support for students.

“I cannot begin to express my gratitude to those who have supported this important campaign,” says FSU President Javier Cevallos. “Every donation, no matter the size, has an impact on our students and helps ensure that they graduate from Framingham State without a large financial burden.”

The campaign, entitled “Investing in Student Success,” was officially unveiled during FSU’s 175th Anniversary Gala at the Massachusetts State House last October. A sample of some of the new scholarships and aid that have been created for students as a result of the effort includes:

  • A scholarship for students in Fashion, Design and Retailing that provides money to assist with the purchase of fabric and other materials.
  • A new Emergency Fund created by the Alumni Association that supports students going through a financial emergency. Examples include a commuter student who becomes homeless or whose car breaks down and has no resources to repair it.
  • A new endowed scholarship for students in Food and Nutrition who demonstrate leadership potential.
  • Multiple new Study Abroad Scholarships.
  • A generous grant from the Sudbury Foundation that will support the creation of a marketing plan for the College Planning Center, as well as a tool to evaluate the success of the first year of the center.

The University embarked on the campaign with a goal of raising $10 million by June 30, 2018. The success of the quiet phase prompted the decision to raise the overall goal to $12 million.

“So far our alumni, friends and corporate partners have really stepped up to support this effort,” says Eric Gustafson, the executive director of Development and Alumni Relations. “We are going to need a continued level of strong support in order to reach our goal.”

About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,000 students with 58 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a State College and University (SCU), Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.