ESF Women in Science

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ESF Women in Science

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Support the next generation of environmental leaders at ESF! Contributions will fund scholarships for female students with financial need.

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Update #8

about 7 years ago

Thank you to all those who supported ESF's Supporting Women in Science Challenge! We flew past our $30,000 goal thanks to your participation. Your support means so much to ESF and to the many women at ESF who will benefit from this assistance.

Our crowd-funding campaign is over, but so many students still need your support to achieve their dreams of an ESF education. Visit http://www.esf.edu/development/ to make a tax-deductible charitable donation to the Women in Science Fund.

From the entire ESF family, thank you for your participation and commitment to Supporting Women in Science.

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The Supporting Women in Science Challenge raises scholarship funds for deserving female students at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) in Syracuse, N.Y. (www.esf.edu)

Your donation, combined with others, will help dedicated young women become the environmental leaders of the future.

ESF offers 24 undergraduate and 30 graduate degree programs in the sciences, engineering, forestry and landscape architecture. Associate degree programs in three areas are offered at the Ranger School on ESF’s Wanakena Campus in the Adirondacks.

Why should you support women in science?

ESF is not only the nation's oldest and most respected college dedicated solely to the study of the environment, it is also a leader in graduating women in science, forestry, engineering and other disciplines. But it wasn’t always like this. Back in ESF’s early years, then-Dean Hugh P. Baker wrote a letter to the parents of the new first-year students, saying, “Dear Friends, It gives us keen pleasure to have such a fine lot of boys here in the Class of 1919 in the College.” There wasn’t a single woman on the scene. It was some 30 years later that ESF graduated its first female scientists.

We’ve come a long way since 1919. ESF’s undergraduate student body is now 46 percent female.  Women at ESF serve as class marshals, departmental scholars and club presidents. They have published research results, been honored by professional organizations and studied internationally. They have gone on to be honored environmentalists, engineers, teachers and business owners.

But there is still much more to do. Even today, women, who make up half the total U.S. college-educated work force, represent only 29 percent of professionals in STEM, according to a U.S. Department of Commerce report. This gender disparity not only limits America’s innovative capacity and global competitiveness but also contributes to the persistent wage gap between men and women. Simply put, fewer women graduating in STEM fields means fewer women entering some of the highest-paying careers and working to solve our most pressing environmental challenges.

But ESF is working to change that. And you can help....Your donation, combined with others will make a tremendous impact, enabling female students at ESF to persist in their studies and graduate without the onus of heavy debt.   Please support the next generation of female environmental leaders by making a gift today!

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ESF College Foundation posted a new update:
about 7 years ago

Update #13

Thank you to all those who supported ESF's Supporting Women in Science Challenge! We flew past our $30,000 goal thanks to your participation. Your support means so much to ESF and to the many women at ESF who will benefit from this assistance.

Our crowd-funding campaign is over, but so many students still need your support to achieve their dreams of an ESF education. Visit http://www.esf.edu/development/ to make a tax-deductible charitable donation to the Women in Science Fund.

From the entire ESF family, thank you for your participation and commitment to Supporting Women in Science.

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ESF College Foundation posted a new update:
about 7 years ago

Update #11

A Very Special Thank You to..
Anne Papageorge, a graduate of ESF's Department of Landscape Architecture (Class of '83), for her very generous gift of $25,000 to establish a scholarship fund in honor of her parents. The George and Mary Papageorge Memorial Scholarship Fund will provide scholarships for female undergraduates with financial need in ESF's Department of Landscape Architecture. Thank you Anne!

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ESF College Foundation posted a new update:
about 7 years ago

Update #9

We've hit 50% of our goal! Thanks to all our donors who have met the ESF Supporting Women in Science Challenge so far.

If you haven't made a gift yet, please join us. Help us keep the momentum going!

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ESF College Foundation posted a new update:
about 7 years ago

Update #8

Congratulations to ESF's Class of 2017. The College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) will confer approximately 400 degrees during today's commencement at the SRC Arena and Events Center, Syracuse.

Approximately 190 of these graduates are women! Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the Women in Science Challenge to support female students at ESF who will follow in their footsteps!

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ESF College Foundation posted a new update:
about 7 years ago

Update #7

Challenge Successfully Completed!

A big thank you goes out to Zalie Linn for her leadership and $1000 challenge!

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ESF College Foundation posted a new update:
about 7 years ago

Update #6

Announcing another new personal Challenge!

Zalie Linn has made a $1,000 challenge! We will double your donation with Zalie's challenge gift if you are one of the next ten $100 contributors, so please donate now!

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ESF College Foundation posted a new update:
about 7 years ago

Update #5

Success!
A huge thank you goes out to Maureen Fellows for her leadership in helping to kickoff our campaign with her $1,000 challenge gift. We raised $10,000 in just one day. That's 1/3 of our $30,00 goal. Your leadership is an inspiration to us all. Thank you Maureen!

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ESF College Foundation posted a new update:
about 7 years ago

Update #4

Maureen Fellows, Vice President for Government and External Relations, is issuing a challenge to help inspire ESF faculty and staff to join this fundraising effort. Maureen will match all donations up to the next $1,000! Double the impact of your donation by accepting Maureen's challenge and make your donation today. Thanks Maureen!

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