During the month of June, $16,005 was raised for St. Bonaventure University's Buzzy Fund. Alumni and friends of Bona's raised $6,005, which unlocked an additional $10,000 gift from the fund's founders.
The Buzzy Fund is designed to reimburse part, or all, of the cost for a student to advance professionally — by attending seminars or conferences; taking entrance exams such as the GRE, MCAT, LSAT and GMAT; preparing or registering for teacher certification; or taking licensing or certification tests such as the CPA. Any Bona student with financial need, regardless of major, can apply to receive funding.
The #BuzzyChallenge ensured future students will have the opportunity to apply for the grant.
Previous recipients spoke about the impact its receipt had on their careers throughout the month.
Bobby Nguyen, '20, a cybersecurity major, is using his grant to pursue a certified ethical hacker certification. “[This] is the most fundamental certification that every cyber security major needs,” he said. “It will help me so much in my career later on.”
Sophia Kucharski, '19, a special and early childhood education major, is using her grant to complete required teacher certifications. “Thanks to the Buzzy Fund I am one step closer to having a classroom of my own someday,” she said.
PJ Neubauer, '19, a sport studies major with minors in economics and business administration, is studying to take the GRE exam. “If it wasn't for the Buzzy Fund I wouldn't have the proper resources to give myself the best chance to get into the top graduate program for a master's in sports management,” he expressed.
The fund was established in 2015 by board chair Bob Daugherty, '77, to honor the positive attitude of former trustee member Bernard “Buzzy” Stoecklein.
Dr. Claire Watson, director of the Public Health Program, spoke about the impact of the Buzzy Fund on students.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for these students to say, 'this was not my hurdle, this did not set me back.'”
She concluded, “No one should be challenged to go forward with their education because of their lack of financial funding to get there. And if we have this opportunity [to give back] — which we do — we should take advantage of it.”
People interested in donating can still do so online by visiting www.sbu.edu/donate, choosing “Other” in the drop-down selection and typing Buzzy Fund in the text field.
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