In honor of the upcoming 6th Annual 24 Hours of Giving on Dec. 1, the BCC Foundation would like to share some examples of how the generosity of donors makes a huge impact on the lives of SUNY Broome students. Every year over 350 students receive scholarships and these are some of their stories. 

Aseel wears a SUNY Broome Educational Opportunity Program holds up a sign that reads "Thank You."

Aseel is an immigrant from Yemen, a father, and a business major. He plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in financial management from Binghamton University.

As a recipient of the Alumni Association Continuing Student Scholarship this year, Aseel remarked, “This scholarship shows me that I’m not on my own in this college journey. If I work hard and do my best to get involved while earning a high GPA, I will get the support I need in order to be successful.”

Chelsea wears a SUNY Broome T-shirt and a smile as she holds a handwritten "Thank You" sign.

Chelsea is considering transferring to SUNY Oneonta or SUNY Cortland for a degree in birth to 6th grade education. She intends to pursue a career as an elementary school teacher, possibly in special education.

“[This support] will help me become one step closer to making a difference in the elementary education field,” she said. “This scholarship will alleviate financial stress and will allow me to focus on my studies throughout my next year at SUNY Broome.”

Jean Frico smiles.

Jean Frico, a native of Haiti, is an international business major and he is considering a career in diplomacy after graduation.

“There is no way I would achieve my goals without your help,” he wrote to his donors. “It’s not just receiving money for me, [the scholarship] tells me I am seen as having potential.”

Jhenelle smiles brightly as she holds a sign that reads "Thank You!"

Jhenelle (HIT ’20) plans to become a registered health information administrator. She was very grateful for her scholarship because it helped her during pandemic-related economic insecurity.

“This could not have come at a better time,” she told her donor in a letter. “I never thought I would get [a scholarship] in my graduating semester. I appreciate this so much and it means the world to me that I was chosen!”

Joseph holds a handwritten "Thank you Sign".

Joseph, who is on his path to a clinical technician degree, told his donors that he appreciated their kind scholarship “during what has turned out to be a very challenging year for all.”

He added, “This scholarship adds to the spirit of goodness that we all possess and I will be sure to pay it forward at every chance I get.”

Luu is in the college’s physical therapy assistant program and was grateful to be recognized with a scholarship.

“I really appreciate this scholarship. Textbooks and clinicals are pretty expensive so this extra money will help out a lot,” she said.

The BCC Foundation is grateful for the efforts of the 2020 scholarship recipients to share their stories, talk about how scholarships helped them and thank their donors. The full list of 2020 scholarship recipients can be found here.

If you would like to join in lessening the financial burden of SUNY Broome students, make sure to participate in 24 Hours of Giving on Dec. 1. Follow the excitement on social media, track our progress on our website, and make a gift of any amount and help to turn college dreams into reality.

If you would like to establish a scholarship to benefit our students, please contact Lisa Schappert at 607-778-5179 or schappertl@sunybroome.edu.