President's Appeal 2020

We want to be there every step of the way for our students. Join us in that endeavor by making a gift to the AU Fund for Student Support, which gives students the resources they need, when they need them.
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In the year ahead, the strength of the alumni community will be critical to AU’s success because, together, we can accomplish incredible things. Gifts of all sizes make a real impact on our students.

In a typical year, AU provides $100 million in financial aid to undergraduate students, and 80% of all incoming students receive some type of financial support. This year, more students are in need due to lost family wages and unforeseen events—and students from vulnerable communities bear the brunt of the impact. In response to these challenges, AU is providing an AU Community Care Fall Discount, equivalent to 10 percent of fall tuition. We also committed an additional $13 million for financial aid for the year.

This year, President Burwell calls on you, and all Eagles, to be there for our students every step of the way. Join us in that endeavor by making a gift to the AU Fund for Student Support today. Read President Burwell's message.

How Gifts Change Lives

Watch the video above to hear directly from AU scholarship students on how support has directly impacted their lives and service as Eagles.

"The scholarship has helped me grow in so many different ways I never even thought were possible." - Aaron Traub, SOC/BA '20

Student Reflections on Alumni Support 

Your gift today will make a difference for students like Aaron, Momal, and Joe.

AU Student, Aaron, wearing a light blue collared shirt and smiling“It means so much to me to have been selected for a scholarship while at AU. It gave me confidence in succeeding academically and personally while motivating me to become more active in the School of Communication. I knew if I could go beyond the classroom—I could apply myself in the world.”

AU Student, Momal Rizvi, wearing a black blouse and smiling“My favorite part of AU is the people. Everyone is so passionate, and that has helped me grow and become more open-minded. As a scholarship recipient, I believe it’s important that any student can have the opportunity to study at a school as great as AU. Financial resources should not stand in the way of students like me fulfilling their dreams.”

AU Student, Joseph, wearing a blue suit jacket , pink shirt, and light blue tie “At AU, I had the chance to study with world-class faculty, experts in international relations, and to do substantive work. I owe so much to the mentors and friends I’ve made because of and through American University. I’m ecstatic to be beginning a career in the same city, same field, as those to whom I owe it.” 

Read President Burwell's Letter to Alumni

This year, President Burwell calls all Eagles to get involved. You, too, can create change for all students with a gift to anywhere you love at AU. The collective impact of alumni coming together with gifts of all sizes plays an important role in sustaining and strengthening AU.

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