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Together We Can

Together We Can, The Campaign for Scholarship

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Thank you! On July 31, we successfully concluded Together We Can: The Campaign for Scholarship. Our goal for the campaign was $15 million; thanks to our generous donors, alumni and friends, we raised $19,644,297 in gifts and pledges—surpassing our target by more than 30 percent.

The $200,000 challenge grant from OceanFirst Foundation in June helped spur on $456,969 in new gifts and pledges late in the campaign. A generous $4 million trust commitment from alumnus Don Bressler ’61, and his wife, Hedy, that was formalized late in July, made an emphatic conclusion to the campaign for our students.

We were fortunate to secure nearly unanimous participation from our Board of Trustees, and broad support from faculty and staff, with almost $700,000 committed by members of the University community.

The overwhelming success of the campaign will enhance Monmouth’s ability to attract highly qualified students from economically, geographically, and culturally diverse backgrounds, and accelerate our trajectory of academic excellence in the years ahead.

$19.6 million
as of July 31, 2019

Goal: $15 million
by June 30, 2019

Exceeding our $15 million goal will accelerate Monmouth’s trajectory of academic excellence and enable us to continue to attract highly qualified students from economically, geographically, and culturally diverse backgrounds.

In the most recent academic year, more than $66 million in institutional scholarship assistance was awarded to Monmouth students from all sources. That figure represents an 11 percent increase from the prior year and a 99 percent jump from a decade ago.

In that time, the University’s reputation has soared, rising 10 spots in the 2018 US News and World Report rankings. At the same time, the quality and diversity of our students has also taken a significant step forward. The incoming freshman class in the Fall of 2018 brought with it a nearly 20-point gain in average SAT scores, along with a rise in the class’s high school GPA, leaping to 3.42 from 3.36 in a single year.

More than 30% of students qualify for need-based, federally-funded tuition aid, and more than 40% identify themselves as first-generation college students.

To attract these higher quality students, the University finds itself competing with older and wealthier institutions that can afford to provide more robust scholarship packages than Monmouth has offered in recent years.

Research shows that adding as little as $5,000 to a student’s financial aid package makes a meaningful difference in whether a student will choose Monmouth, and whether they can afford to stay.

Together, we can build a brighter future for our students and for Monmouth University.

96% of students receive financial aid


19 point rise in SAT scores for Class of 2022

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$66 million was provided in scholarship aid last year


10 place rise in US News and World Report rankings in 2018

11% increase in scholarship aid over prior year

94% of Monmouth’s annual operating budget comes from tuition, fees, room, and board

99% increase in aid from 10 years ago

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$5,000 can make the difference whether a student chooses Monmouth

Campaign Committee

Campaign Co-Chairs

Valerie Montecalvo
Carol A. Stillwell

Campaign Honorary Co-Chairs

John C. Conover III
Paul G. Gaffney II
Rebecca Stafford ’03HN

Campaign Cabinet

Steven M. Bachrach
Mary Lee Bass ’92M
Raymond N. Brunt ’77 ’78M
Karyn F. Cusanelli ’89
Joyce DeJohn
John R. Ford
Tina Grecco-Almeida ’01
John Henning
Leah K. Lazzaro ’04M
Janet Mahoney ’87
Robin Mama
Rita L. Mangan ’77
Thomas J. Michelli
Donald M. Moliver
Antoinette M. Musorrafiti
Mary Anne Nagy ’91M ’01M

Charles T. Parton ’01HN
Andrew Pedersen
James D. Pillar
Patricia Ralph
Richard L. Ricciardi ’86M
Rosaly Rivera ’07 ’14M
Lu-Ann Russell
John L. Ryan
Harry Silver
Edward Skibiak
Ellen Skibiak
Joseph Snable ’95
Richard F. Veit, Jr.
Nicholas Verzicco ’19
Kenneth Womack