Giving to the Paul Rickard Memorial Scholarship via The SUNY Orange Foundation means more than just a donation; it means you become part of the SUNY Orange Family. The Foundation touches the lives of thousands of students and community members. Your donation is a gift of lifelong learning. As college education costs continue to rise SUNY Orange has never been more important to the community.  Unlike four year institutions that cost a $40,000+ annually, SUNY Orange has been providing a premier education at a fraction of the cost since 1950. This allows students to gain a head start on their college educations and careers without the burden of six figure student loan debts.  Even though the cost of SUNY Orange is affordable, some students and families still need your assistance. Ultimately, by donating to the Paul Rickard Memorial Scholarship you can have a bigger impact on someone’s life than donating to a four year institution.

All SUNY Orange scholarships go through the SUNY Orange Foundation. The SUNY Orange Foundation is a not-for-profit 501 c-3 corporation whose mission is to generate funds and build community resources to enhance learning opportunities for SUNY Orange students and the community. The SUNY Orange Foundation is administered by a dedicated board of directors, all of whom are volunteers and care about SUNY Orange students and the future good health of the College.  More than 200 SUNY Orange students are provided with approximately $350,000 in scholarships each academic year.

SUNY Orange has touched the lives of countless numbers of the county’s 350,000 residents through its credit programs, non-credit programming and cultural events since its founding in 1950 as the first county-sponsored community college in the State University of New York system. As the needs of the community have grown, the college has been a pioneer and has risen to meet the challenges of the day. The college continues to play a significant role in the county’s endeavor. For example,  SUNY Orange was the first two-year college in the nation to offer the associate degree nursing program and studies in electron microscopy; and in 1982, the college was the first community college to plan and co-sponsor with local chambers of commerce a business institute.

Accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, academic credits can be earned through full- or part-time study in the day, evening, or both. The college offers three degrees—the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science. The college also offers extensive technical programs in career fields (with transfer options) and one-year certificates.

More than 420,000 people have enrolled in a wide range of credit and non-credit classes at the Middletown campus, the Newburgh Campus and satellite locations across Orange County.

To learn more about SUNY Orange and the SUNY Orange Foundation please visit there website www.sunyorange.edu