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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Cortland College Foundation
P.O. Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045 
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Peter Perkins
Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Matthew Clark
Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Tina Aversano ’96
Manager of Scholarships and Donor Relations

Richard Coyne ’07
Senior Gift Officer

Michael Fusilli
Major Gift Officer

Rachel Sluberski
Major Gift Officer 

Michele Artus
Leadership Gift Officer