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Students and The Stanford Fund

Students smile on campus

No matter where life takes you, your experiences here on the Farm will open many doors throughout your journey. Now you can help ensure those same experiences are here for the next generation of undergrads too.

Get involved with The Stanford Fund

The Stanford Fund plays a major role in the Stanford experience—from providing financial aid to supporting memorable events like MAUS and BlackFest. If you’ve been to a student arts performance, participated in a club sport, or worked on field research with faculty, you have very likely been supported by The Stanford Fund.

Ways to get involved

Get involved

Bring us your ideas

Do you have an idea that brings your class or campus community together? Tell us about it—we’d love to help in any way we can.

Contact Chelsea Ostebo, at ckostebo@stanford.edu.

Seniors for The Stanford Fund

Every year, the graduating class comes together to create and execute a fundraising campaign to both commemorate their time at Stanford and to give directly to areas of need, like financial aid. Making a gift isn't the only way to give back, but it's a powerful way to support the departments, programs, and people you care about.

Support what matters to you

financial aid

Education through scholarships, not loans

Half of all undergrads receive need-based financial aid directly from the university—and 84 percent graduate with zero student loan debt.

the opportunity fund

A helping hand

Quick support for students facing sudden financial hardship, such as travel costs related to a death or illness, or those needing extra academic, social, or career support (like attending conferences or prepping for grad school exams).

Student life

Self-expression, change, leadership

Supports student-run events (like MAUS, FMOTQ, and BlackFest) and more than 120 student-run groups (including arts, sports, public service, and social justice organizations) that enrich campus life.

academic innovation

Innovative curriculum

Funds go across all schools, wherever needed, to advance curriculum and expand learning—from studio arts, science labs, and field research, to programs for veterans, low-income, or first-generation students.

mental health resources

Help for challenging times

For students facing difficulties in their personal or academic life, campus resources and programs like peer counseling at the Bridge and CAPs are there to help.

Why now?

This year, more students and their families are experiencing economic hardship due to the global pandemic, and the need for financial aid is growing. Gifts through The Stanford Fund can be used immediately to address urgent needs that aren’t covered by other sources of funding.

You make a difference

Stanford became home the moment I arrived on move-in day. I’m involved with The Stanford Fund because I want future students to have the same experience that I’ve been afforded. Stanford has shaped me into the person that I am today.

Grace Connor, ’21

Meet the team

Brian Roth

Sr. Associate Director, Student & Young Alumni Development

briroth@stanford.edu

I can help you … think through how to maximize the impact of your giving to Stanford, or with questions, feedback and ideas to make your interaction with The Stanford Fund better!

Favorite show to binge during COVID: Homestead Rescue or Alone (I’m taking notes on how to get off the grid!).

Once we’re able to gather with over 10 people, I’ll attend: Any professional sporting event.

Chelsea Ostebo

Assistant Director, Student Development

ckostebo@stanford.edu

I can help you … with questions about Seniors for The Stanford Fund or support for a student-led event or initiative.

Best purchase made during the pandemic: Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook, Cravings. Highly recommend her pad thai carbonara!

The first place I’ll travel after COVID: Mexico City! I’ve heard wonderful things about the richness of the culture ... and, of course, the food.

Seidah Morris

Partnership Program Coordinator, Office of Development

siedahm@stanford.edu

I can help you … with any questions you have about stewardship, how many hours you have, how many you need, and what you can do to get them all done on time (and without stress).

The first place I’ll travel after COVID: Italy! Chocolate gelato doesn’t taste the same anywhere else.

Once we’re able to gather with people again, I’ll attend: Definitely a concert, with Miguel, Drake, or Masego headlining—or all three!

Biby Chacon

Development Coordinator, The Stanford Fund

bchacon@stanford.edu

I can help you … with questions on how to make a gift to Stanford, your giving history, communication preferences with TSF, or finding the right contacts for outreach around campus.

Song that best describes your quarantine: “When It’s Over” by Sugar Ray. This laidback song gives me hope. As the title implies, there will be an end to this, and we’ll all be okay!

The first place I’ll travel after COVID: The African safari that I’ve rescheduled twice!