As the first in his family to attend a four-year college, Michael Tubbs, ’12, is grateful for the opportunities he’s found at Stanford. He’s already paying it forward by founding a nonprofit to help low-income students apply to college. Gifts to The Stanford Fund and endowed scholarship funds make Stanford a reality for students of all backgrounds.
A Senior Gift Record!
Nearly 83 percent of the graduating Class of 2011 gave to The Stanford Fund—a new record for participation in the Senior Gift. That speaks volumes about their appreciation for donors of years past and their own commitment to giving back. Their gifts will go even further, thanks to the Atwell match and other generous supporters.
Kristin Trone, ’13, had dreamed of coming to Stanford since elementary school, but when her acceptance letter finally arrived, she was afraid she’d have to set it aside. Gifts to The Stanford Fund and to endowed scholarship funds ensure that low- and middle-income students are able to come to Stanford, even when faced with unexpected financial hardship.
Instead of repeating “cookbook” experiments, students in Bio 44X and Y have the opportunity to pursue research questions that have never been answered. Special funding helped the biology department develop and pilot the new curriculum for its core lab courses. Evaluations found that students learned more and showed more interest in continued research than students in the traditional course.
- Expanding OpportunitiesA first-generation college student reflects on opportunities found at Stanford.
- A Senior Gift Record!Nearly 83 percent of the graduating Class of 2011 gave to The Stanford Fund.
- Ensuring AccessScholarships help students achieve their dreams at Stanford.
- Academic InnovationStudents in Bio 44X and Y pursue research questions that have never before been answered.
- Student LifeEach year, The Stanford Fund helps support more than 100 student groups.
- Stanford in AfricaThe Bing Overseas Studies Program now includes a program in Cape Town, South Africa.
ABOUT THE STANFORD FUND
Since 2009, the most pressing use for The Stanford Fund has been need-based financial aid. For many years, approximately half of The Stanford Fund went to need-based undergraduate scholarships.
Participation in The Stanford Fund is also an important indicator of alumni engagement—a commitment to annual giving is an ongoing “vote of support” for Stanford.