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Financial Hardships Caused by Pandemic Prompt Shift to Scholarship Support in One University Many Dreams  Campaign Priorities

We have lost so much from this pandemic. We do not want our students to lose the opportunity to receive a high-quality college education — an experience that can be transformative — and a degree that can provide security at an increasingly tenuous time. A college education remains the greatest driver of socioeconomic mobility in America. It’s never been more imperative that we make it accessible and attainable for as many students as possible. 

Christopher A. Capuano, Ph.D., President
Fairleigh Dickinson University

Throughout its history, Fairleigh Dickinson University has welcomed students based on their talent and academic potential. As graduates, they make significant contributions in their professional fields, throughout their communities and around the world. The rising cost of providing a rigorous, comprehensive education has hobbled many students who have the dream, talent, and commitment to receive a Fairleigh Dickinson University education, but lack the financial resources to turn their aspirations into realities. For these students, scholarship support, made possible by your generous gifts, can create life-changing opportunities.

Our goal is to raise $20 million for student scholarships by June 30, 2021. Increasing the University’s number of immediate use scholarships and fellowships is critical this goal. The availability of scholarships gives the University the means to support, attract and retain high-performing students, offer a diverse learning community, and reduce the amount of debt students carry after graduation. Thanks to our generous alumni and friends, One University Many Dreams the University’s ongoing comprehensive campaign, has raised more than $71 million towards its $125 million goal.

In addition to scholarship support, the goals of the campaign are all with the goal of enhancing student learning and experiences. They include new capital projects, including the new Gregory H. Olsen Campus Center on the Metropolitan Campus; a new science facility; a new, state-of-the-art home for Silberman College of Business; and upgraded athletics facilities on the Florham Campus.

Edward L. Hennessy, Jr. BS’55 (Ruth), FDU trustee emeritus, has made an indelible mark on the Florham Campus and FDU named The Elizabeth Ruth Hennessy Field, after his daughter Beth. The new synthetic multipurpose field will be home to the women’s field hockey team and the men’s and women’s lacrosse and soccer teams and will include a 400-meter, NCAA-compliant eight-lane track, with areas for throwing and jumping events; and a state-of-the-art video scoreboard. A second project, the new Vincent J. and Lenda F. Naimoli Field for baseball, honors the memory of Vincent Naimoli ’64 MBA, and is anticipated to be completed by the end of the 2020 - 2021 academic year.

It is more important than ever to ensure that the University community maintains its vibrancy and diversity. Fairleigh Dickinson University students are tomorrow’s business leaders, nurses, graphic designers, engineers, educators, and pharmacists. And they need your help . Make a gift to support student scholarship as part of the One University Many Dreams campaign – and help our find their futures.