Stepping Up for Saint Leo Students on Giving Tuesday
Since 2020, Saint Leo University
has participated in Giving Tuesday, raising a total of more than $125,000.
Thanks to the generosity of our alumni last year, we were able to establish the
First-Gen Student Scholarship Fund as a way for alumni to step up and support
student scholarships for first-generation students. Today, we provide scholarship
support to nine First-Gen Saint Leo students.
Already this year, through a recent giving campaign, more than 500 donors have helped Saint Leo raise nearly $17,000 in support of scholarships. Today, Saint Leo’s Giving Tuesday campaign will help amplify our giving to increase scholarship support for the growing number of First-Gen students at Saint Leo.
What does Giving Tuesday mean at Saint Leo?
For alumni and friends of Saint Leo, Giving Tuesday is a way to support First-Gen Student Scholarships and celebrate our First-Gen students who believe in a university that is helping all those who dream of greater things, gain the competence and courage to be more.
We ask for your support and thank you for participating in this global giving day. Your generosity will help make it possible for First-Gen students to experience the success they deserve at Saint Leo and prepare themselves for a life full of promise.
Giving Tuesday was launched in 2012 as a simple idea spread throughout the world: to create a day that encourages people to do good. Giving Tuesday has funded countless causes around the world and encourages others to get involved in their communities.
Helping First-Generation Students Stay The Course
Being the first person in a family to go to college is a great accomplishment that also comes with immense pressure for students. The decision not to follow in a parent’s footsteps takes persistence and reassurance. For first-generation students, often times it feels like they are starting from scratch or beginning to question their place in the world.
For First-Gen students attending Saint Leo University, the choice to go to college unleashes an even greater responsibility to take on something bigger than themselves. For most, it can be difficult to navigate the college application process without someone who has been through the experience. And it becomes even more difficult to stay the course and to keep on going. Many of Saint Leo’s First-Gen students work one or more jobs, manage family obligations, and tackle a unique set of challenges, including financial resources, that can often get in the way of their ambition and drive.