"Receiving scholarship assistance at NYU has completely changed my experience."
Four years ago Miriam Lapin (NUR ’13) wondered how she would achieve her dream of attending NYU. Today she is preparing for commencement ready to embark on a career in Nursing. One factor made a difference—NYU alumni.
“Receiving scholarship assistance at NYU has completely changed my experience. It allows me to focus more on my studies, put all of my energy into my schoolwork and classes, and feel more confident that I am graduating from a top nursing school.”
When you donated to the Catalyst Campaign last summer, you made a change in the lives of NYU students just like Miriam. Now, Miriam is changing lives by helping others. She says, “Since I’ve been at NYU, I helped a woman with a diabetic crisis and helped a patient deliver a baby. I would love to work at NYU Langone Medical because it offers a great training program.”
"I want to thank you for helping make my NYU dream possible and allowing me to do so for someone else."
When Antonio Duran (CAS ’14) first stood in awe under the Washington Square arch, he knew he’d come a long way from his home in Phoenix, Arizona. “I vividly recall holding on for my life during my first-ever taxi ride,” he says, “and I was shocked the first time I sneezed in public and no one said ‘Bless you.’” The child of immigrants from Mexico and the first person in his family to attend college, he had only dreamed that he would be able to attend an institution like NYU. It was scholarship support that made that dream a reality.
And Antonio has made the most of his experience. While working three jobs, including serving as an RA in Goddard Hall, he has also found time to start his own student service organization and join the Leadership Committee of the 1831 Fund, a student-led campaign to create scholarships for students, by students. Antonio says he gives back because, “Every day that I go to the Kimmel Center for a club meeting, put on a program for my residents, or engage in a thought-provoking discussion in one of my courses, I feel thankful for the chance to be studying here in the first place. I wanted to help make this dream possible for someone else.”
Antonio’s experience at NYU has been life changing, and he’s changed the lives of countless students through his work and activities on campus. But he won’t stop there. When he graduates, Antonio plans to continue his passion for helping others by pursuing a degree in Student Affairs.
NYU students like Antonio help change the world. When you make your gift to Catalyst, you not only change their lives, you make an investment in a better world.
"To be dealt the cards I was dealt growing up, and then to have the opportunity to study abroad has been life-changing."
As a child, Donnavon Lawrence (TSOA ’14) was captivated by astronomy, and now he is working hard to become a star. Raised by a single mother in Indian Trail, NC, he always dreamed of making it to New York City. Since beginning at NYU, his theatre experience has helped increase his self-esteem and encourage him to create productions that inspire him. “I am working hard to produce a 45-minute show that I will write, direct, and produce this spring. Elements of faith and hope are a common thread in my work; anything is possible when you put your heart into it.”
NYU has expanded Donnavon’s horizons—figuratively and literally. The first in his family to travel and study abroad, Donnavon recounts his experience on the NYU Florence campus: “To be dealt the cards I was dealt growing up, and then to have the opportunity to study abroad has been life-changing. It is incredible to know that there are alumni out there that want you to succeed and will help you along the way.” After graduation, Donnavon plans to stay in New York and work in local theatres and television.
NYU students like Donnavon help change the world. When you make your gift to the Catalyst Campaign, you not only change their lives, but also shape a bright future.
"It is because of the generosity from the alumni that students in need will continue to have the privilege to study at NYU."
As a current junior at NYU, Dorothy Li (STEINHARDT ‘14) is working towards a degree in Music Performance and moving forward to the music of her own making. “I played piano my whole life and Steinhardt holds concerts which allowed me to perform solo recitals.”
Like many deserving students, Dorothy is a recipient of scholarship support created by you. “It is because of the generosity from the alumni that students in need will continue to have the privilege to study at NYU. Because of you, I can concentrate on my studies, worry less about the tuition, and expand my reality. For that, I thank you and on behalf of my parents too.”
When you participate in the Catalyst Campaign, you make a change in the lives of NYU students like Dorothy and our University. Now, Dorothy hopes to help others through music. She says, “I want to use my knowledge of piano to help children who need help and become certified in Music Therapy.”