Union is among the first five schools in the country selected to participate in the Schuler Access Initiative, a special fundraising challenge that aims to enroll more underserved students at the nation’s top liberal arts colleges.
Union College is partnering with the Schuler Education Foundation to invest up to $42 million to enroll significantly more low-income students. Through the Schuler Access Initiative, Union will be positioned to enroll a greater number of exceptional students, regardless of their financial circumstances. This is the College’s latest effort to advance educational equity and opportunity.
Between now and June 30, 2026, the Schuler Education Foundation will match dollar-for-dollar — up to $20 million — all scholarship monies raised to support incoming first-year student recipients of federal Pell Grants, need-based grants for low-income students.
Through this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Union will increase the number of Pell Grant students at Union by 13 percent for a total of 40 additional students across all four years.
“Union is one of fewer than 100 schools that meets the full demonstrated need of students. That means that we reach a point where we just don’t have any additional financial aid to offer new students. Each year, as a result, we are simply unable to admit all the exceptional students who need financial aid.
That’s why I’m so excited about the Schuler Access Initiative. As a Pell Grant recipient myself, I know firsthand what it’s like to think, ‘Can I attend this school? Can I afford it?’ That’s why I am so happy to be able to extend this opportunity to others.”
—David R. Harris, President of Union College
The Schuler Access Initiative is an investment in Union College and in our nation's future. This partnership will move us closer to our goal of enrolling exceptionally talented students of all backgrounds, regardless of their financial circumstances.
"I benefited from a substantial scholarship to attend Union, and without that scholarship, my life could have been very different. I recall as a beneficiary of that philanthropy, that if ever I was in a position to give back to the school, it was going to be my mission to do so. The Schuler Access Initiative will bring to the College high-achieving individuals who just by virtue of birth were maybe not afforded the same opportunities that others were, and they’re highly motivated. When you look at the statistics, they perform exceptionally well at Union."
—David J. Breazzano ’78, P’07, P’11, Union College Life Trustee and Campaign Co-chair, Powering Union: The Campaign for Multiple Tomorrows
Gifts at all levels are appreciated. Qualifying gifts to the Schuer Access Initiative must be new contributions restricted to financial aid for low-income Pell Grant-eligible students. Gifts received by June 30, 2026 will be matched one-to-one by the Schuler Education Foundation.
For additional information, please contact Robert J. Parker, vice president for college relations, at (518) 388-6180 or email@example.com, or Scott Rava, assistant vice president for principal gifts and campaign director, at (518) 388-6481 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New contributions received by the end of the calendar year will be matched by the Schuler Education Foundation and spent in support of students during the next academic year.
The Schuler Education Foundation was founded in 2001 by Jack Schuler and Tanya Schuler Sharman to further the success of individuals and communities by investing in high-achieving underrepresented students at top-tier liberal arts colleges.
The goal of the foundation’s newest enterprise, the Schuler Access Initiative, is to increase the number of low-income and undocumented students at five select institutions of higher education – Union College, Bates College, Tufts University, Carleton College and Kenyon College. Moving forward, additional colleges and universities will be invited to participate in this initiative, with up to $500 million being committed overall by the Schuler Education Foundation.
Schuler Access Initiative – a $42 Million Scholarship Opportunity
Your gift helps secure $22 million in matching funds from the Schuler Education Foundation.