Sharing the American Dream

They came to the United States seeking opportunity. Whether escaping from Nazi-occupied Greece, the Hungarian Revolution, the Fall of Saigon or the poverty of the Caribbean islands, these hard-working immigrants kept their belief in the American dream and a better life for their families.

Those noble hopes inspire John Fantauzzi ’58. A first generation Italian-American, he coupled a strong work ethic imparted by his parents with his solid Cortland education to transform a generation of students as a gifted teacher. His unparalleled generosity created the Fantauzzi Scholarship Program on campus.

Today, more than 20 Cortland students  — the direct offspring of immigrants — are Fantauzzi scholars. They share a passion for higher education and a heartfelt gratitude for the chance to pursue it, a prospect not available to their parents or grandparents. In America, dreams do come true.

Learn how you can help make them happen through The Cortland Fund.

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Peter Perkins
Vice President for
Institutional Advancement

Lisa Court
Associate Vice President for Development

Tina Aversano ’96
Manager of Scholarships and Donor Relations 

Richard Coyne ’07
Alumni and Advancement Officer

Doug DeRancy ’75
Assistant to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement Emeritus

Jennifer Janes
Director, The Cortland Fund

Jill Mirabito
Major and Planned Giving Officer