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New fund assists local students with unforeseen expenses

Boston Orange FundSyracuse University has always stretched to make college education accessible, affordable, and attainable for students and their families. In fact, between 2005 and 2012, SU-funded aid for full-time undergraduate students increased by 87% to more than $205 million. But students are often faced with unforeseen expenses that fall outside of their aid packages, like the costs of computers, dorm furnishings, and trips home in an emergency.

Unforeseen expenses like these can often be the difference between a successful college experience and one that ends prematurely. With this in mind, the Boston Regional Council has established the Boston Orange Fund. This new fund assists talented local students with demonstrated needs that fall outside of standard financial aid offerings.

“Syracuse University provides robust financial aid packages, but they’re generally limited to tuition, room and board, and other standard costs of attendance. Students are often confronted with additional expenses that can be taken for granted,” says Don Saleh, vice president of enrollment management, who has seen many promising SU students struggle with special circumstances and making ends meet. As just one example, Saleh learned of a student who had nothing more than a blanket on his bed. Using what limited discretionary funds were available to him, Saleh was able to purchase a full set of bedding, ensuring that the student had a warm place to sleep.

David Wishart, director of advancement for the Boston region, sees the fund as an important safety net for local students. “The Boston Orange Fund is an excellent way for SU’s Boston alumni and friends to have an immediate impact with their giving, by helping students from the area handle unforeseen expenses so they can focus on their studies.”

To learn more about the Boston Orange Fund and how you can support SU students from the Boston area, contact David Wishart at 315.443.2766 or awishart@syr.edu. If you’d like to make a gift, please use our secure online giving form and select “Boston Orange Fund” from the gift designation drop-down menu.