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Student Support Areas

The true measure of student success is how well students are prepared to accomplish their current and future academic, personal, and professional goals through the development of knowledge, a sense of responsibility and self-reliance, and a connection to Nazareth and wider community.

Your gift to student support areas sustains critical resources, provides enriching experiences, and makes so much possible for our Golden Flyers.

  • Weider Community Engagement Office We know that Nazareth students are justice-seekers. They see inequities in the world and want to do something about them. The Weider Community Engagement Office is a mechanism for students to do that work, to find their places to engage, to understand their power to be changemakers.

  • Oak Tree Food Pantry – Nazareth's on-campus food pantry serves students, staff, and faculty. You can find everything from granola bars, to pasta, to peanut butter, to soap on the fully-stocked pantry shelves.

  • Nazareth Alternative Break – During Winter or Spring semester break, travel locally or globally to learn and serve alongside peers and community members.

  • Partners For Learning – The national award-winning Partners for Learning program engages Nazareth students in partnerships with the children, teachers, and staff of six urban sites: School #9, School #42, School #46, the Discovery Charter School, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Rochester, and Nativity Preparatory Academy.

  • Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies & Dialogue – The Hickey Center and the IIIT Chair for Interfaith & Islamic Studies promote understanding and appreciation of differences through education and dialogue in an increasingly global landscape.
  • The Center for Spirituality is committed to fostering an environment where students, staff and faculty can practice their own religious/spiritual tradition while offering many opportunities for discovery and dialogue with people who hold a belief systems different than their own. 

  • Student Financial Aid Fund – Tuition only covers 70% of a Nazareth education, and 100% of Nazareth students receive financial aid. Nazareth is committed to providing access to students with financial need by awarding more than $32 million in grant/scholarship assistance annually.
  • Student Life Fund – Life at Nazareth is more than classes. 50+ clubs and organizations enhance the Naz experience — from the Math and Marketing Clubs to the Environmental Sustainability Club or the Oak Tree Program, which manages an on-campus food pantry for students in need.

  • Global Engagement Fund – With more than 100 programs in 35 countries around the world, Nazareth offers study abroad opportunities for students looking to add valuable international experiences to their degree program. 

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Initiatives Gifts to Diversity & Inclusive Excellence support the mission of the Office for Diversity & Inclusive Excellence Education: to promote and support activities and events that celebrate and advocate diversity, inclusion, and equity as well as a sense of belonging at Nazareth and throughout the local Rochester community. 

  • SPARK Grants Students Pursuing Academic and Real-world Knowledge (SPARK) grants help cover undergraduate student costs for an unpaid or underpaid summer internship, unpaid or underpaid summer research, or an international experience any time of the year.

  • Center for Life's Work – The Center for Life's Work partners with students to create a path from college to careers and lives of meaning. Career coaches help you plan and integrate your academics, skills, and experiences with your passions. Alumni are welcome to either receive coaching or partner to provide opportunities for students. 

  • Lorette Wilmot Library – The library currently houses over 250,000 books, 45,000 print volumes, and more than 137,000 electronic resources, in addition to a variety of special collections. Additionally, there are a wide variety of services and departments available to support research needs and a variety of places to study, relax and explore. 

  • Otto A. Shults Community Center – A gathering place for students, home of some of Nazareth's fitness facilities, and houses many Student Experience offices.

  • Undergraduate Association The Undergraduate Association is Nazareth College's student government, which provides funds, information, and other resources for the purposes of encouraging student involvement and empowering students to pursue their own interests.

  • Campus Improvement Fund - Support projects across the Nazareth campus that enhance the student experience. From the upcoming Millie's expansion to residence hall renovations and technology upgrades, a gift to the Campus Improvement Fund supports the facilities and infrastructure that help students learn, grow, and thrive here at Nazareth.
Mary T. Bush ’51, Ph.D. Memorial Challenge
Mary T. Bush ’51 was a beloved professor emerita of history and political science, and an untiring advocate for Nazareth until her passing in November 2022 at the age of 94. Please join us in celebrating Mary's lifelong legacy during our lunchtime challenge. If 400 gifts are made between noon and 2 p.m. (EST), we will unlock an additional $34,500 from generous donors and friends of Mary.
Nazareth Parents and Families Challenge
When 200 parents, grandparents, or family members of Nazareth students – current or past – make a gift on Naz Giving Day, a group of generous Nazareth parents will give an additional $13,000 to the Parents and Families Annual Fund.
200 / 200 Gifts
Graduate Alumni Challenge
Nazareth helped propel you further in your career, so let's help propel future generations of graduate students with our support. Jackie Aab ‘75G, Harvest Gionta ‘00G, A. Scott Hecker '76G, and an anonymous donor will give an additional $27,500 if 150 graduate alumni make a gift today!
150 / 150 Gifts
Student Donor Challenge
If 350 current students give today, Marie Baglio '57 will make a gift of $10,000 to our Nazareth Annual Fund – which supports the Student Financial Aid Fund and Student Life Fund.
350 / 350 Gifts
Kickoff Challenge: First 150 gifts!
Thanks to the amazing community Naz Giving Day is off to a great start!!! Your first 150 gifts helped us unlock an additional $90,000 from generous Nazareth trustees. Let's keep the day rolling!
150 / 150 Gifts
First-Time Donors
Naz Giving Day is all about welcoming new members to our family of supporters! Kaitlynn and Douglas Jack, plus an anonymous donor, will give $6,500 when 100 donors make their first gift to Nazareth today!
100 / 100 Gifts
Senior Gift Challenge
Today is the day, seniors! An anonymous donor will give an additional $5,000 if 150 members of the senior class make a gift. By showing your pride on #NazGivingDay, you help make the Nazareth experience possible for the Golden Flyers who will follow in your footsteps.
150 / 150 Gifts
Battle of the Naz Decades
The Alumni Advisory Board wants to inspire some friendly competition between the decades of alumni for the most participation. Make your gift and tell your classmates to help get your class decade to the top of the leaderboard! The decade with the most gifts wins and the Alumni Advisory Board will donate $4,000 in your honor!
Graduation Decade
Rank Answer Gifts
1 2020's 194
2 2010's 102
3 2000's 101
4 1990's 76
5 1980's 65
6 1970's 63
7 1960's 44
8 1950's 13
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