2013 Alumni Association Scholarship and Awards Recipients Claire Smith '14, James Leonard '15, Anna Lubitz '14, Tracy Calvacca '12, '14.
STONY BROOK, N.Y., July 3, 2013 – The Stony Brook University Alumni Association will donate $125,000 to establish the ‘Seawolves for Life Alumni Scholarship Fund’ to benefit scholarship support for undergraduate students at the University. The gift was matched in full by the Simons Foundation Challenge, creating a $250,000 philanthropic impact. The scholarship was created for the highest performing students who show the greatest financial need.
Sherry Sussman, MD ’91, ’95, Immediate Past President of the Stony Brook Alumni Association, who received her undergraduate degree from Stony Brook and is a graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, is excited for the scholarship’s impact.
“One of the goals of the Alumni Association is to enhance the lives of our current students. We’re extremely proud to have created the ‘Seawolves for Life Scholarship’ and we’ve doubled the impact that this scholarship will have on undergraduate students through the transformational generosity of the Simons Foundation,” said Sussman. “We hope that this Scholarship opens doors for students just as the University has done for so many of us alumni.”
The $125,000 gift was generated primarily by proceeds from the Alumni Association’s annual Scholarship Golf Classic. The 2013 Golf Classic on June 17 at Willow Creek Golf and Country Club, Mt. Sinai, New York, was attended by over 100 alumni and friends and raised over $40,000 for both the new Scholarship and other student awards.
Scott Middleton, Esq.’84, another Past President of the Stony Brook Alumni Association, is equally thrilled to have the opportunity to pay it forward to a student currently making their mark at Stony Brook. “The ‘Seawolves for Life Scholarship’ is an important step for the Association. We are now in a position to demonstrate to our future alumni the importance of staying involved and giving back to our University,” said Middleton. “The Alumni Association is now able to lead by example when expressing the importance of philanthropy.”
The Scholarship will be awarded to two new students this coming fall. The ‘Seawolves for Life Alumni Scholarship’ will cover close to fifty percent of tuition for both students each year.”Our alumni understand the importance and value of public higher education,” said Dexter Bailey, Vice President of University Advancement. “Attracting and supporting the most talented, deserving students, will also enhance the value of their own degrees.”
Stony Brook University
Part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook University encompasses 200 buildings on 1,450 acres. Since welcoming its first incoming class in 1957, the University has grown tremendously, now with more than 24,000 students and 2,200 faculty. Its membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 40 public universities in the nation and Kiplinger named it the 22nd best value in public colleges for in-state students and 9th for out-of-state students. One of four University Center campuses in the SUNY system, Stony Brook University co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, putting it in an elite group of universities that run federal research and development laboratories. As the largest single-site employer on Long Island, Stony Brook is a driving force of the regional economy, with an annual economic impact of $4.65 billion, generating nearly 60,000 jobs, and accounts for nearly 4% of all economic activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and roughly 7.5 percent of total jobs in Suffolk County.