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Alumni Legacy Grants Carry on the SJC Tradition

One of the most important benefits afforded to St. Joseph’s College graduates is the alumni legacy grant. This four-year renewable grant is available to immediate family members of St. Joseph’s alumni. Legacy grants are awarded to new and continuing students undertaking full-time studies at the College.

Through these alumni grants, the College encourages and supports accepted students who are related to alumni to continue the St. Joseph’s College legacy in their families. Incoming students can obtain grant applications at the Office of Alumni Relations on the Brooklyn and Long Island campuses. Applications are also available on the College website, www.sjcny.edu. Students must apply for the grant during the academic year prior to the year of funding.

St. Joseph’s alumni generously support the legacy grant by their yearly contributions to the College’s Annual Fund. A percentage of alumni giving is earmarked every year for our legacy students.

This year, Terrence Gorman, son of William Gorman ’75, entered the Brooklyn Campus as a freshman and received an alumni legacy grant.

“Terrence is the youngest of four children of two Catholic school teachers,” said Mr. Gorman, who is a former president of the Brooklyn Alumni Association.

“The grant provides tremendous help to us as we struggle to provide the opportunities of a Catholic education to our children.”

Alison Stephens, daughter of Class of 1987 graduates Tom and Dawn Stephens, is a legacy student on the Long Island Campus. Tom and Dawn met when they were students at St. Joseph’s.

“We are so grateful for the alumni grant because it is helping our daughter achieve her goal of a well-rounded education, providing her with a strong foundation for her future endeavors,” Ms. Stephens said.

“As Alison’s parents and the parents of twins who will be entering St. Joseph’s College in January 2013, we are thrilled to receive the alumni grant so all three children will be able to take advantage of the same wonderful educational opportunities at SJC that my husband and I have.”

Because of the generosity of St. Joseph’s College alumni, approximately 125 students are recipients of the alumni legacy grant this year. During these uncertain times, alumni giving has become a critical component of the financial packages that so many St. Joseph’s students require to attend college. All members of the St. Joseph’s College family are grateful to our alumni, who consistently support the College by donating to the Annual Fund each year. These loyal alumni are truly living the College motto: Esse non videri — “To be, not to seem.”

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