KEEPING
THE PROMISE

Expanding access to educational excellence

COMPETE FOR TODAY’S TOP STUDENTS, TOMORROW’S THOUGHT LEADERS

As the cost of a college education continues to rise, Stony Brook prides itself on delivering a world-class education at a remarkably affordable price. We are committed to giving talented students and their families opportunities that may be otherwise unavailable to them.

But we face the same challenges as institutions across the country—less federal and state funding, skyrocketing costs (particularly for STEM education) and an increasingly competitive market for recruiting the best students. To keep recruiting the best young minds and future leaders from across the socioeconomic spectrum, we need your support.

RAISED TO DATE

$26.8M

90%

student retention rate

6th

most selective AAU public research university

1 / 30

best values in public colleges and universities by Kiplinger

$6,000

less debt on average for Stony Brook graduates than other public university students

PRIORITY INITIATIVES

INCREASE FINANCIAL AID FOR TALENTED STUDENTS ACROSS THE SOCIOECONOMIC SPECTRUM

Increase financial aid for hard working students across the socioeconomic spectrum
Our students are smart, and they choose Stony Brook because it provides an exceptional education at an incredible value. Still, many can’t afford even in-state tuition, or they want to keep costs low in anticipation of graduate school. More than 67% of our students come from families earning less than $75,000 a year. Thanks to donors who invest in closing the gap, just $6,800 a year can change the trajectory of someone’s life.

“Maya Angelou once said, ‘When you learn, teach. When you get, give.’ This has been a quote I aim to live by, and this includes giving back to my undergraduate school. I hope that my gift will help make a difference for bright students that are struggling financially.”  Nora Boujida ’14

“One’s inability to pay for college should not be a hindrance for them to go. This is one small way for me to help people pay for school.” Adrienne Unger, program coordinator of the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook

CREATE MORE MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HIGH ACHIEVING STUDENTS

Create more merit scholarships for high achieving students

By increasing our capacity to attract the nation’s talented future leaders, we raise the level of learning for all students and can better compete with the best universities in the nation and the world for the strongest students and brightest faculty stars.

REWARD PUBLIC SERVICE

Reward public service

A new loan forgiveness program for students who commit to public service will give students across the socioeconomic spectrum the flexibility to choose careers that put their talents, interests and values to the most productive social use.

EXPAND UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Expand undergraduate research

The National Science Foundation recognized Stony Brook as one of only 10 universities in the US for combining undergraduate education with research. Training serves students well in problem solving, analytical skills and creativity. Our Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URECA) program funds faculty-mentored undergraduate research and provides small grants to undergraduate research for materials and conference attendance.

INCREASE FUNDING FOR THE BEST AND MOST PRODUCTIVE GRADUATE STUDENTS

Increase funding for the best and most productive graduate students
Graduate students are invaluable to the success of our groundbreaking research programs. By recruiting the most sought-after graduate students—in part through the Turner Fellowship Program, which supports underrepresented students—we strengthen our research efforts and diversity commitment and enhance our ability attract the best faculty.

Stony Brook Stories

Inspiring Undergraduate Research and Entrepreneurship

Ruchi Shah ‘16 invented an innovative, all-natural and inexpensive mosquito repellent and launched her own company around it. Ruchi received the American Association for Cancer Research’s Thomas J. Bardos Science Education Award for the 10 best collegiate cancer researchers in the nation and made the 2015 Her Campus list of the “22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women.”

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Black and Latino Alumni Network Establishes Endowed Scholarship

Black and Latino Alumni Network leaders have donated to other scholarships and fundraisers in the past, but say this scholarship is different. “This is something that is ‘by us, for us’ as far as strengthening the Stony Brook community,” says Network board member Morgan A. Cato ’04, ’05, who also serves on the Alumni Association board.

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Former Stony Brook Undergraduate and Medical Student Helps Create Scholarship for Minorities

Alicia Stovell-Washington is an eye surgeon in Chicago and the chair of the Clinical Governance Committee at the Bermuda Hospitals Board. Having achieved such success, she was the first to contribute to a fund that honors her former mentor: the “Dr. Aldustus Jordan Underrepresented Minorities in Medicine Endowed Alumni Scholarship.”  Read more »

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