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    Our students are determined to succeed.

    We’re determined to support them.

  • Our students are not only pursuing a degree – they are daring to do more.

    Driven by goals and grit, 60% of our students are immigrants, most are first-generation college students, and 71% come from homes with less than $30,000 in annual incomes. The LaGuardia Community College Foundation directly supports students with scholarships, emergency aid, internships, on-campus job placements, and professional development to ensure they are able to stay in school and graduate in order to improve their lives, families, and communities. Our students can’t do it alone, and neither can we.

    With your support we can close the opportunity gap and build a more equitable society.

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    Meet Lama Sacheth

    Class of 2020, Computer Science

    Growing up in Nepal, Lama Sacheth dreamed of coming to the U.S. to study at LaGuardia Community College. Though challenging, Lama juggled classes with full-time work. When Lama lost his job, he received emergency funds from the College Foundation. Today he is nearing graduation with dreams of becoming an entrepreneur.

    Portrait shot of Susana Alvis

    Meet Susana Alvis

    Class of 2019, English-Spanish Translation

    When Susana Alvis moved to New York City from Colombia, she was determined to find a way to support herself through college. She applied for and received a scholarship and emergency funding from the LaGuardia Community College Foundation. Today, she’s closer to her ultimate goal of working as an interpreter for the United Nations.

    Portrait shot of Mohammed Hossain

    Meet Mohammed Hossain

    Class of 2020, Programming & Systems

    Mohammed wanted to follow his brother’s footsteps as a LaGuardia President’s Society Ambassador. He enrolled and found on-campus jobs and later turned to the LaGuardia Community College Foundation Emergency Funds, which enabled him to stay in college. He plans to earn his bachelor’s and then work for a tech company.

    Portrait of Shania Persuad

    Meet Shania Persuad

    Class of 2019, Business Administration

    Shania Persuad moved from Guyana to New York City hoping to become the first in her family to earn a college degree. She joined President’s Society, an experience she credits with building her self-confidence. Today, Shania is on her way towards developing a career in cyber security.

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    Imagine a level playing field for students.

    Our students have determination, intelligence, resilience, and incredible work ethic. What they don’t have are financial support, role models and career opportunities to help them move up the ladder to the middle-class.  

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    Financial Support

    Our students come from households with less than $30,000 in annual family income and they work two or three jobs to be able to pay their tuition and living expenses. This work-to-survive cycle means students often take fewer credits per semester and have a harder time graduating. Together we can change that by providing:

    • Scholarships to help with tuition and other college expenses so that students stay in school and graduate.
    • Emergency Funds to cover urgent costs like MetroCards and books.
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    Professional Development

    Access creates opportunity. We help students build their networks and professional skills through:

    • Programs like the President’s Society that teach our students the professional skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive world.
    • Internships and well-paying campus jobs give our students access to networks and professional opportunities that students from more privileged communities take for granted.
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    Peer Advising

    A win-win for both the program’s paid student advisors and the students they work with, the Peer Advising Program ensures students’ experiences are centered through hands-on mentorship and guidance.

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    Your donation can transform lives.

    3x

    Foundation recipients are three times more likely to graduate than general students.

    95%

    of Foundation funds go directly to students because we limit overhead and focus on what matters.

    2x

    A LaGuardia Community College degree moves students from poverty to opportunity – from <$30K annual family income to >$58K individual income.

  • We need your support.

    When you make a gift to the LaGuardia Community College Foundation, you’re investing in students, not overhead. Nearly all 95% of gifts go directly to students. We welcome gifts of all sizes and are happy to connect with you about named scholarships and other giving options.

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  • Contact

    For more information about what we’re doing and how to support our students, contact us.

    Email
    foundation@lagcc.cuny.edu

    Phone
    (718) 482-5610