Read answers to some of our donors most frequently asked questions.
Scholarships are financial gifts to help students afford a college education. Scholarships are usually designated for recipients who qualify due to academic achievement, financial need, community service, or choice of major, for example.
When you make a restricted scholarship gift, your contribution can be used immediately and in its entirety, often providing support at a larger scale. When an endowed scholarship is established, a perpetual source of funding is created for scholarship use. The initial gift and any future contributions made to the fund are invested for perpetual growth. An endowed scholarship fund will grow over time, providing scholarship support to students this year and for years to come.
An endowed scholarship requires a minimum investment of $10,000. This amount is invested for one year and a percentage of the interest (as determined by University policy) is awarded. An endowed scholarship will give in perpetuity. A restricted scholarship must have an amount of at least $1,000 to make an award. The benefactor(s) gives an annual gift designated for the scholarship fund. A scholarship is awarded only if the benefactor(s) gives annually.
Gifts may be made to the scholarship fund at any time and for any purpose; for example, as a milestone anniversary, a reunion gift, a memorial or an annual gift. A fund may be established and gifts may be added to an expendable fund until the endowment level of $10,000 is reached, or to an endowed fund to increase the size or amount of the scholarship(s).
Anyone can establish a fund at any time. Alumni, faculty, friends, Trustees, administrators, parents and even student groups have established scholarships at Adelphi.
The benefactor who establishes the scholarship determines who will select the recipients.
Adelphi recommends having the selection rest within the University, i.e. the Office of Student Financial Services, the dean of the school or college, the chair of a department. The benefactor may be involved in the initial selection of recipients. Adelphi will be happy to inform a donor of who the recipient(s) is each year and introduce donor to student if interested.
The benefactor selects the criteria for making the scholarship award. It is best not to be too specific because the scholarship may not be awarded if there are no students who meet the qualifications.
Designate what the purpose is and the name of the scholarship. Determine the qualifying criteria. Decide on the selection process.
Adelphi is always pleased to acknowledge the support of our donors. Contact the Office of University Advancement to learn about the naming opportunities and other forms of recognition we have to offer our donors.
Yes. Adelphi University will respect your desire for anonymity and will not disclose your gift if that is your intention. Contact the Office of University Advancement to discuss your gift confidentially.
A member of the Office of University Advancement will be happy to answer any questions you might have or provide you with additional information:
Office of University Advancement
1 South Avenue
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530-0701
p – 516.877.3250