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A Record Year for Scholarships

Scholarship support is often what makes it possible for ESU students to stay on track in pursuing their higher education. The ESU Foundation has seen remarkable growth in its scholarship program over the past decade. Since 2010, scholarship funds disbursed to students went from $380,554 to $1,017,436 in 2019-2020. We couldn’t have made these great strides without your help.

Specifically, 673 scholarship awards were provided to deserving students in 2019-2020. Generous donors also established 26 new annual and 11 endowed scholarships, far outpacing prior years. While the data is exciting, what’s more compelling are the heartfelt thanks we hear from students who benefit from your support.


The ESU Foundation receives hundreds of thank you letters from grateful students which we, in turn, send to you. These snippets are but a few of what student scholarship recipients have to say about YOUR remarkable generosity in 2019-2020. 

Affording college and also being a first gen college student has really been a rough ride, but I’m going to see it through. Thank you for your help, it won’t go to waste and never will be forgotten.
I deeply appreciate your contribution to my future.
I promise to make you proud by continuing my hard work here at ESU.
I cannot explain how grateful I am for this opportunity. I am a nontraditional student. In fact, I am the first in my family to graduate high school. I am older than most, and I had to figure out everything on my own.
Through this scholarship I have been able to purchase my text books and pay for my tuition. This helped me tremendously. Being a single mother, going back to school presented significant financial burdens.
I am grateful for your gift. I hope one day I can grant the same opportunities to others as I grow in my career.
Thank you for your generosity which has allowed me to further my education and to expand my ways of thinking. I am thoroughly enjoying my time here at ESU and cannot wait to continue learning.
This scholarship helped me stay in the student abroad program after my father lost his job weeks before I was due to hand in my final payments.
This scholarship was an amazing opportunity to experience my first semester of college dedicated to my studies.
Ever since I was younger, I knew I wanted to go to college, but wasn’t sure how I was going to make the dream come true.

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