MacKenzie Scott’s Gift: President’s Initiatives for Student Success, College Growth and Stakeholders' Engagement

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MacKenzie Scott’s Gift:
President’s Initiatives for Student Success, College Growth and Stakeholders’ Engagement

"Where the Mind Is Without Fear"
by Radindranath Tagore

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been brokern up into fragments of domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where a tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand
and of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by the over-winding widening thought and action-
Into that heaven freedom my father let my country awake.

The President’s Initiative for Student Success, College Growth and Stakeholders’ engagement has been created with the generous support, the largest ever donation to Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, from philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott. With her generous gift, Ms. Scott recognizes Hostos’ significant contribution to the South Bronx communities it has served with quality academic programs, hope, care and understanding for the past fifty years. As we face fiscal challenges as well as continued vigilance to defeat the threat of COVID, our students will benefit significantly from additional initiatives designed to support retention, intentionality in advisement, introduction to research and opportunities for transfer and support for engagement in sponsored programs and grants application by members of the faculty, staff and administration at the college. A significant portion of this magnificent gift will be invested to ensure returns for many years to come in support of our Strategic Plan, the goals of this fund, supported by additional fundraising activities through the engagement of multiple stakeholders. Part of it will be used, supplemented by additional fundraising to drive and support a number of important initiatives designed to enhance the educational experiences of our students and encourage teaching and learning innovative strategies.

As indicated in the resolution on the MacKenzie Scott Gift, accepted by the CUNY Board of Trustees, and as indicated in the letter accompanying the Gift: This unrestricted gift is for the benefit of Eugenio María de Hostos Community College and its students. Use of the gift shall be subject to the priorities, guidance and final approval of Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College President.