A record amount given by faculty and staff for campus programs and initiatives
Donated by alumni and friends for new student aid
The average gift of donors who provided close to $10,000 for student emergency funds. One micro emergency loan program, begun with gifts, helps with food, rent, books, and gap funding for veterans.
The number of donors who gave close to $880,000 for Community Scholarships, a program benefiting students with financial need including first-generation college students and those from underrepresented groups on campus.
Raised since 2015 through the MinuteFund, UMass Amherst's crowdfunding initiative for university scholarships, internships, research competitions, and other projects. The largest crowdfunding effort so far resulted in $100,000 for renovations to a chemical engineering laboratory.
“This scholarship is an excellent example of how many people can contribute toward the success of others. I feel very proud to be part of a community as generous and supportive as this one.”
—Jordan Howard '20, first recipient of the Commonwealth Honors College Community Scholarship established last year by 84 alumni and friends through crowdfunding
The most promising, in-need students should have a pathway to higher education that doesn’t include a burdensome amount of debt. That’s the idea behind the Honors-to-Honors program. Focused on academically promising first-generation and low-income college students, the Honors-to-Honors program provides extra scholarship support to honors graduates of the state’s 15 community colleges accepted into UMass Amherst’s Commonwealth Honors College. Residential, academic, and social services that wrap around the honors curriculum help students succeed. Currently, there are 80 Honors-to-Honors students on campus. Started with a financial commitment from UMass Amherst, the initiative also is generously supported by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation, and Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
Cameron Kilcoyne ’17
College of Natural Sciences
Major Biochemistry and molecular biology
Most Challenging Course Contemporary Native Americans of the Northeast with Jean Forward
Favorite Diversions Club Swim Team, hikes with the Outing Club, and lectures about diversity
Aspiration PhD in chemistry
“My dad lost two jobs. He is an OR nurse now and just got his RN degree. He always pushed for us to get an education so we would not have to worry as much about jobs.”
Learn more about the Community Scholarship Program
Credits: Bridging International Differences photo by John Solem; City of Promise photo (Holyoke skyline) courtesy of The Republican by Dave Roback and stories by Megan Rubiner Zinn; Life among Books photos by Ben Barnhart; and the Power of Community photo by Matthew Cavanaugh.