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ECSU Foundation awards $500K in 2020-21

Published on January 05, 2021

ECSU Foundation awards $500K in 2020-21


The ECSU Foundation, Inc., Eastern Connecticut State University’s philanthropic arm, has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to more than 450 students in the 2020-21 academic year. Created and sustained by the generous donations of alumni and friends of Eastern, as well as private foundations and community organizations, the ECSU Foundation manages more than 100 endowed scholarship funds for students with academic promise and financial need.

 “We continue to be heartened by the generosity and commitment to Eastern students shown by alumni and other donors,” said Ken DeLisa, vice president for institutional advancement. “Through their gifts, Eastern donors are providing funds for endowed and other scholarships that can mean the difference in a student’s ability to afford a college education. Even in this very challenging time, the ECSU Foundation will be able to provide more than $500,000 to more than 450 students due to the private philanthropy of our faithful donors.”

Created in 1971, the ECSU Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to growing the institution’s endowment, with an emphasis on scholarships, special programs, faculty development and classroom resources. Directed by a volunteer board of business leaders and civic-minded supporters of the university, the foundation relies heavily on charitable donations to support the academic quality, reputation and fiscal health of the institution.

Under the leadership of its independent board of directors, the ECSU Foundation receives gifts on behalf of the university, solicits donations, manages assets and distributes monies in accordance with prescribed procedures. For more information visit

Written by Bobbi Brown

Categories: Foundation