Giving to FDU

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Vanessa's Story

The gift of dreams, plans and expectations for the future

vanessa tamo HALFWhen I came to FDU, I was very shy and could barely speak English. And I didn't have the means to pursue a college degree. Higher education was not a viable choice for me.

Then came two opportunities that made all the difference: the Maragreth Bellevan and Alexander Potupa Scholarships. These scholarships were a great relief to me. They allowed me to go to FDU and complete my education.

From my first day on campus, I was welcomed by a caring and attentive community. I met students from all backgrounds, professors who are compassionate and motivating instructors and staff who are always willing to help.

I am originally from the Ivory Coast, a small country in West Africa. When my country faced a violent civil war in 2011, my finance professor asked me if my parents were alright. He said, “What’s happening in your home country is horrible. Let me know if you need anything. I know it’s got to be difficult for you to follow in class, so tell me if you need any help.” I was deeply touched.

I am proud to tell you that I graduated in May 2012 with a degree in finance, and I am now enrolled in the MBA program. Like they say, once you go to FDU you never leave!

Because of those scholarships and this University, I have dreams, plans and expectations for the future. I want to give back the same opportunities I received by becoming a college professor, as well as helping women in third-world countries through microfinance initiatives.

FDU helped me to blossom into a confident woman who wants to make a difference in the lives of others.

Please make your gift to The Fund for FDU.

Your contribution will transform the lives of students just like me by supporting scholarships, as well as academic initiatives, state-of-the-art learning facilities, and much more.

Thank you for making a difference!

Vanessa Tamo, BA'12

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Each gift you make to The Fund for FDU transforms the lives of students. Your contribution provides training equipment for our nursing, engineering and homeland security students, classroom materials for our education students, laboratory upgrades for our biology and chemistry students, as well as funds for new scholarships, academic programs, facility enhancements, and more.

Your gift ensures our students have the support they need to succeed and make a positive impact on our world.

Thank you for making a difference!

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Have questions about making a gift to The Fund for FDU?


Karen Lewis
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Teaneck, NJ 07666-1914