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Freshman Fifteen.

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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.

  • 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! 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

  • Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.

    — garrison keillor

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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



Cost per student.


Student recipients in NYC.



The Freshman Fifteen is a registered 501c3, all donations are tax deductible.

100% of all donations will be used to provide The Freshman Fifteen package to deserving college freshmen. A donation of $650 provides one student with the entire Freshman Fifteen package.