Scholarship contributions—whether endowed or given annually—literally change lives. Each year, hundreds of William Paterson students receive support from generous alumni and friends in the form of scholarships. These scholarships enable students to devote time and energy to the academic and extra-curricular activities that contribute to a well-balanced and fulfilling college education and that will serve them in the professional lives they pursue after graduation. Each year, however, the need grows. The average William Paterson student graduates approximately $28,000 in debt, because even though more than 80% of William Paterson students receive some form of financial aid, the number of students receiving loans is nearly three times the number of students receiving scholarships. Scholarships reduce loan debt and help make it possible for young alumni to more quickly reach the milestones of post-graduate life, such as purchasing a home, starting and supporting a family, and saving for the future. Click here to see a list of this year’s scholarship awards and the incredible donors who helped make them possible. Interested in being on that list next year? Click here to make your gift now or contact Mariel Read Essner for more information or with questions about our scholarship program: 973.720.3811 In addition to being recognized in various University publications, scholarship donors will learn about their recipients and have the opportunity to meet them at our annual Scholarship Dinner. Click here for pictures of last year’s dinner.