Students First: The Campaign for FDU Students


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Students First will ensure every student who chooses to pursue a college education will have not just the financial support to pursue an education, but a holistic college experience that will provide the curricular and experiential experiences, along with the necessary emotional and mental well-being to succeed. Every day at FDU, students benefit from the generosity of thousands of donors who believe in a brighter future.

Valentina Loiero

A path towards caring for others



After seeing how the physician assistants cared for her sick Nonno during the last months of his battle with stage IV colon cancer, sophomore biology student Valentina Loiero knew medicine was her path.

Suhaib Jawad

From introvert to advocate: A journey to public service



Sophomore Suhaib Jawad's burning desire for public service led him to pursue a degree in government and politics at FDU. As an American-Pakistani coming from a lower-middle-class family, his goal is to work in government, public policy or even Congress to help pass bills and legislation to support underserved communities

Aunt Marye is about opening doors

Her spirit of altruism lives on in many FDU students

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An endowed gift to the Career Development Center and the Silberman College of Business provide support for students completing unpaid internships and scholarships to pursue their degrees.

Supporting Student Mental Health

Unparalleled support in mental health and well-being

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A transformational gift from Andrea and Anthony Melchiorre, FDU parents, will focus on student mental health and well-being. The Melchiorre gift establishes the "Transforming College Campuses" initiative, which provides fellowship opportunities to FDU graduate and undergraduate students.

Hispanic Center

Meeting learners where they are academically and culturally

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For 20 years, FDU has dedicated itself to serving Hispanic students through innovative and engaging academic programming. "We strive to educate as many people as we possibly can, certainly those who are interested in improving their lives, expanding their perspectives, getting college degrees and moving forward." noted Irene Oujo, executive director, Hispanic Center.

Seize the Moment. Give Today.

Students First will provide access and opportunity for students to become leaders and changemakers in arts, business, engineering, education, government, healthcare, science and technology, to name a few. Your investment in Students First provides critical support for student scholarships and fellowships to ensure all FDU students have the financial means to pursue their education. Your generosity helps to shape a holistic approach to education - an educational journey that focuses on overall student emotional and mental health, combined with curricular and experiential experiences that will shape and prepare our future leaders.

Students First is about our future beyond the four campuses of FDU. It is about preparing our students to seize the moment to transform their lives, as they transform themselves and others, to strengthen and make a difference in our world.