I am putting out a call for alumni to rally and lend One Hand to address the growing education crisis faced by today’s students at Fort Schuyler.
For many of our students and their families, the economic devastation of Covid-19 means lost wages and, ultimately, the postponement or loss of their Maritime College education. When families have to choose between the basic necessities of food, housing and healthcare, expenses such as tuition, Sea Term and books quickly become unattainable luxuries.
In light of these uncertain times, the college has established the One Hand Student Relief Fund to aid students who have experienced financial hardship as a result of Covid-19. The purpose of this fund is to provide a financial life line to any student who needs support with tuition, room, board, or Summer Sea Term costs. All gifts will be managed by the SUNY Maritime Foundation, an independent non-profit entity, and awarded through the college’s financial aid programs.
By matching the $750K that Maritime College has received in Federal CARES Act funding for student emergency grants, our goal is to provide $1.5 million in additional student aid. Join me by donating today to ensure our students return to Fort Schuyler this fall and complete their education.
These are extraordinary times and must be met with an extraordinary response. Now is the time we need every graduate and friend of Maritime College to extend that One Hand of support to our students. By helping retain these students, you further strengthen Fort Schuyler’s financial foundation. Please join me in this important endeavor.
Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D.
The State University of New York Maritime College