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Giving to Potsdam

SUNY Potsdam is proud to continue providing exceptional educational experiences for our students, but we are all too aware of the financial challenges that they face. Whether a result of the COVID-19 pandemic or the increased cost of higher education nationwide, many students struggle to cover the cost of their education.

Your gift to one of the following campus giving priorities helps secure our students’ continued success at SUNY Potsdam.

  • The Fund for Scholarships provides the College with flexibility to recruit and support students, including those who may not meet criteria (major, class year, etc.) for restricted scholarships.
  • The Pay It Forward Scholarship Program offers support to students who are facing financial challenges that cannot be met through traditional funding assistance.
  • Gifts to the College's Greatest Needs allow the College to cover unforeseen circumstances and opportunities for our students as they arise.

"My Potsdam experience has made a tremendous difference in my life. I would not be the person I am today without my time in Potsdam and the friendships and experiences I had there. Giving to the College is a way of giving back, and, most importantly, a chance to help others to experience this very special school."

Sally Partner ’78 Alumni Board of Trustees President

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When Joyce Yianoukos ’71 retired from her career in education, SUNY Potsdam’s Rebecca V. Sheard Literacy Center became a passion project of hers. She and her sisters from the Alpha Delta Kappa sorority raised enough money to establish the Alpha and Friends Endowment at the College to support the Literacy Center for generations to come. To learn more about giving to SUNY Potsdam, visit