Through most of SUNY Broome’s history, private donations have made a significant impact on our students. Donors not only create financial support for students in need but, in the case of scholarship recipients, they create an emotional boost as students realize that someone cared enough to invest in their dreams and future.

In light of the college’s largest day of fundraising, the upcoming 8th Annual 24 Hours of Giving on Nov. 29, we are pleased to share some stories of students and the difference a scholarship has made.

Samantha holds up a thank you sign.

Samantha is a health studies major with a long-term goal to become an orthopedic surgeon. She plans to graduate next year.

She told her donor, “By awarding me the Judith C. Peckham Scholarship, you have lightened my financial burden. I hope that one day I will also be able to help students achieve their goals in higher education by assisting them in the same way you have helped me.”

Mayna holds up a thank you sign.

Mayna is a first-generation college student. She loves art, plans on earning a bachelor’s in fine arts, and hopes to “use imagination to change the world.”

She told her donors, “Due to your generosity, [I’ve received great] encouragement in continuing my academic and career goals.”

Marie holds up a thank you sign.

Marie, a mother of two, is a health science major who plans to go into the SUNY Broome nursing program.

She says, “You have brightened my financial situation, which lets me focus more on my school work, and taking care of my kids. Thank you for the scholarship and the confidence you have placed in me.”

Jared holds up a thank you sign.

Jared, an electrical engineering technology major, is graduating soon with his second SUNY Broome associate degree.

He says, “I am very thankful to [those who donate] in the effort of improving college students’ lives each year. You are the inspiration that drives us, students, to succeed and one day to be able to help younger students the way you have helped us.”

Liam holds up a thank you sign.

Liam is a music major who loves reading, philosophy, and chess. He says, “I would like to express how much this award means to me. The ability to go on and practice my true love [of music] with more freedom is really the greatest gift I could receive.”

The SUNY Broome Foundation is grateful for the efforts of the 2022 scholarship recipients to share their stories, talk about how scholarships helped them, and thank their donors. View the complete list of 2022 scholarship recipients.

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 Nov. 29. 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 +1 (607) 778-5179 or

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