For public colleges like Geneseo, financial pressure is compounded by a significant reduction in state support over the years. We're immensely grateful to the thousands of alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends who have stepped forward to ensure that Geneseo maintains its position among the nation’s foremost public liberal arts colleges.
During 2019-2020, 34% of donors gave for scholarships and access to a Geneseo education.
New Endowed Funds and Scholarships
We received so many impactful and generous gifts this year. Among those are the individuals who chose to create endowments—forever funds—to ensure Geneseo’s future.
List of new endowed funds and scholarships
The DeForest Scholarship Endowment
SUNY Geneseo Alumni Association Board of Directors member Kate DeForest ‘93 created a trust and named Geneseo as a beneficiary in her estate, which will create an endowed scholarship for students demonstrating need.
The Dr. Robert M. and Maria L. Isgro Choral Music Endowment and Scholarship Endowment
Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Music Robert “Bob” Isgro and Maria “Mary” Isgro made a blended gift to establish The Dr. Robert M. and Maria L. Isgro Choral Music Endowment to support all academically recognized chorus ensembles of Geneseo, from artists-in-residence and voice lessons to performances and tours. They also contributed to their existing Dr. Robert M. and Maria L. Isgro Scholarship Endowment to support Geneseo students pursuing a degree in vocal performance who have demonstrated excellence in their craft.
Karen Davis ’66 Endowed Scholarship in Education
Because of her lifelong passion for SUNY Geneseo, Karen Davis ’66 established an endowment to award scholarships to incoming or current students enrolled in the School of Education and are active volunteers in the community or on campus and demonstrate financial need.
The Dwyer Family and Gilmore Family Scholarship Endowment
David Dwyer ’73 and Ann Dwyer O’Neil established the endowed fund in honor of Edward Dwyer ’53, Elizabeth Dwyer ’42, and Jean Gilmore ’42. Edward Dwyer had a lifelong passion for Geneseo, especially in the area of music theater and dance. The scholarship will be awarded who have interest or talent in the dramatic arts.
The Amy S. Janicki 2013 Memorial Scholarship Endowment
Dennis and Susan Janicki, parents of Amy Janicki ’13 who suddenly passed away in 2015, and fundraising support led by Madeline (Maddie) Herrick ’14, a sorority sister, established the annual scholarship to be awarded to Geneseo students with preference to Sigma Delta Tau members.
The Emerging Leaders Scholarship Endowment
Jennifer Cotton ’95, who considers her college experience transformational in defining her career path, established the endowment fund to award scholarships to students with a demonstrated interest in leadership, including academic, co-curricular, and/or community activities.
The Bill Leverich Scholarship Endowment
Bill Leverich, the father of Ellen Leverich ’90, was a dedicated English literature teacher and valued access to higher education for all people. Ellen established The Bill Leverich Scholarship Endowment in honor of her father to provide scholarship assistance to students who demonstrate financial need.
The Jane Mannheim Claud ’69 and Elmer A. Mannheim Scholarship Endowment and The Jane Mannheim Claud ’69 Unrestricted Fund for Milne Library
Jane Mannheim Claud ’69 established both an endowed and unrestricted fund through a blended gift to support students and SUNY Geneseo’s Milne Library and associated programs.
Saturday Morning Scholarship in Advertising
Kwame Taylor-Hayford ’05, co-founder at Saturday Morning, a not-for-profit organization that fights injustice and bias to promote peace and generate love between people of all races, established a fund to award an annual scholarship to a junior or senior who demonstrates an interest in pursuing a career in the creative side of the advertising industry and is enrolled in a similar program, such as communications or marketing.
The Joyce Wechsler and Louise Wechsler Medby Scholarship
Joyce Wechsler, associate professor emerita of education, whose career at SUNY Geneseo spanned almost 30 years, endowed the Joyce Wechsler and Louise Wechsler Medby Scholarship in honor of her late sister. The renewable scholarship provides financial support for Geneseo students who participate in co-curricular activities, including clubs and organizations.
Establish a Geneseo Endowment
Interested in creating an endowment? You can learn more about endowments on our website or get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org or 585-245-5518. We'd be happy to tell you more about the steps and options.
Give to Geneseo
There may be no greater gift than access to education. Supporting Geneseo strengthens the College's ability to assist students in financial need, and to provide merit-based scholarships that attract the brightest young minds to our campus. Make a donation.
"The incentive grant-funded research activities for myself and for students. My research focuses on characterizing the genetic pathways that control mating in filamentous fungi. Understanding how fungi exchange genetic information is an important basic biology question and has applications to understanding fungi in general, including pathogens. Student research funded by this grant was crucial in preparing students for graduate and professional schools, and helped fund the collection of preliminary data for a grant proposal."
Associate Professor of Biology
Research Incentive Grant Award Recipient
In 2019, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) introduced an alumni engagement score to help alumni relations professionals measure success. The score measures unique engagement across four different modes: experiential, volunteer, philanthropic and communication. Participation in these categories is added and then divided by the contactable alumni population to calculate the alumni engagement score. Geneseo’s engagement score was 8.6% this past year.
donors, including 3,645 alumni, made gifts to create opportunities at Geneseo this year.
Alumni Career Advisor Network
The Offices of Alumni Relations and Career Development Services partnered to create the Alumni Career Advisor Network, an online mentoring platform that connects students with alumni to explore potential careers, job search advice, and networking opportunities. The platform was launched in spring 2020 to help the outgoing graduating class during a difficult job market.
By fall 2020, the entire student body was invited to register and take advantage of this invaluable tool. Thank you to the nearly 900 (to date) alumni who have registered in the platform to become an advisor.
What alumni and students say about the Alumni Career Advisor Network
"So helpful! Megan was the most prepared person I’ve done an informational interview with so far! Had a lot of my concerns pre-answered and had other resources to send me."
—Erik (student advisee)
"Sarah was incredibly personable, helpful and encouraging! She answered all of my questions and concerns with enthusiasm and reassurance and offered very helpful advice and resources for furthering my career pursuits. Thank you so much, Sarah!"
—Ashley (student advisee)
"Very professional, came well prepared with questions, good listening, and open to feedback. Seems very diligent in the amount of effort already put into her career search prior to graduation."
—Julie (alum career advisor)
"Hailey has a clear sense of what her strengths and interests are. She was articulate, friendly and well-prepared for our conversation."
—Terra (alum career advisor)
Alumni Book Club
A virtual community brings together fellow alumni and friends through reading in this free and private forum. Participants can network and discuss current book selections—you only need a copy of the book! Visit the Alumni Book Club online.
Dan Karches ’96, head of marketing, small business empowerment at Amazon, presented at a SUNY Geneseo Alumni Achieve Series event in January 2020.
Alumni Learning Consortium
The Alumni Learning Consortium provides free access to online learning programs. Participate in live virtual events or watch previously recorded webinars to expand your personal and professional knowledge. Alumni receive access to a library of events presented by experts in their fields.
New Alumni Affinity Chapters
Alumni and students can connect in three new alumni affinity chapters built upon shared interests and experiences. Join and learn more about these groups to connect with fellow alumni and students in uplifting our community.
Joseph Carr received an honorary doctor of science at Geneseo’s 2019 commencement ceremony.
Zeta Phi Beta 40th Anniversary (photo by Dominic Florio).
Nick Warner ‘00 presented at the Strasenburgh Planetarium in Rochester for a SUNY Geneseo Alumni Achieve Series event.
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