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Potsdam Prepared: COVID-19 Updates

Giving to Potsdam

What can you do to help our students during COVID-19?

SUNY Potsdam is proud to continue providing educational experiences to our students, but our students continue to face unprecedented challenges and uncertainties. While navigating virtual classes and campus safety regulations, students and their families also face financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Your generosity helps to secure their education and success at SUNY Potsdam.

The campus continues to prioritize the following giving opportunities to best support our students during this time:

  • The Fund for Scholarships provides the College with flexibility to support students who do 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.
  • The Student Care Fund is used to provide support to students in need of resources to deal with one-time emergencies.
  • Gifts to the College's Greatest Needs allow the College to cover unforeseen circumstances and opportunities for our students as they arise.

To read the College’s restart plan and coronavirus updates, visit

"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