'I wanted to let you know that our graduates have been thrilled to find their packages and set up their dorm rooms at school. We thank you for letting our students be a part of this fantastic program.'

Cristo Rey High School
'I just wanted to send a big THANK YOU to The Freshman Fifteen! I've been at Middlebury College for almost a week now and I've been having a blast! Move-in day went very smoothly with the assistance from the upperclassmen orientation leaders and those over at the service warehouse who helped with the transportation of the big boxes to my dorm. Preparing for college was very stressful and overwhelming but receiving The Freshman Fifteen took a huge load off my family and I during this process. I am so grateful for everything your amazing program supplied me with!'
Student, Middlebury College
'Students who have been selected to receive The Freshman Fifteen always tell me what a tremendous help it was in helping them get settled into college.'

Prep for Prep
'Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.'

Garrison Keillor
'I received my packages today and I really just wanted to thank you again for this amazing gift and making me the most prepared freshman on Vanderbilt's campus! This gift really meant a lot to me and relieved the burden of getting these supplies! This scholarship really meant the world to me! Thank you for getting me off to a great start for the next four years!'
Student, Vanderbilt University
'My favorite thing about The Freshman Fifteen was having the boxes arrive at my dorm during my first week in college and opening them to see all the essentials I needed for my first year away from home. It was comforting to know that I didn't have to worry about purchasing all these items and hauling them up to my dorm in Syracuse. These fifteen items were more than just some linens and sheets to me; they were gifts from people who cared about me and wanted to help me build a new home away from home. I cherish every item that arrived in those boxes and I am forever grateful to this program for graciously providing me the comforts of home when I most needed it.'
Student, Syracuse University
'This first week sure has been hectic. I wanted to let you know that I got all of my packages, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything! I was tight on money and couldn't afford to purchase many dorm supplies, but thanks to you and The Freshman Fifteen I am happily and comfortably settled in! Once again I want to say thank you for everything. And sometime, hopefully soon, when I am on good standing, I plan to give back to The Freshman Fifteen and keep on doing so. Please keep up with the amazing work that you all do!'
Student, SUNY Albany
Welcome to the Freshman Fifteen.

Each year many at-risk high school seniors overcome the pitfalls of our most challenging neighborhoods, graduate from high school and are awarded college financial aid packages. While college aid packages may provide tuition, room and board, sadly, many of these students lack additional support for the all-important transition into college life.


The Freshman Fifteen is a modest, but targeted effort created to assist selected students through this transition by providing them dorm-room essentials. These include items that many of these students cannot afford and that many of us take for granted such as towels, sheets and blankets.

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It costs approximately $500 to sponsor a single student. Every contribution, large or small, makes a difference. 100% of your tax deductible donation goes directly towards sponsoring a student. Contribute today.

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