More than 540 Niagara University alumni, students and friends came together in the name of educational access and affordability during the institution’s 2015 President’s Dinner, held Nov. 13 at the Seneca Niagara Casino Hotel and Event Center.
The purpose of the President’s Dinner is to generate funds for scholarship assistance for qualified Niagara University students. During the 2014-15 academic year, 98 percent of undergraduate students received scholarship assistance from the university that totaled more than $41 million.
“This evening is all about our students. At the core of why we are here is to continue to invest in these future leaders,” stated the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of Niagara University. “Niagara students are passionate about learning, service, their communities and making a difference. They will frame the future of this region and the world.”
Also celebrated during the event was Niagara University impact on the social and economic development of Western New York, the latter of which is estimated at $227 million annually.
Maher, who has made access and affordability to excellent education hallmarks of his presidency, pointed to several critical reasons for Niagara’s ascent to become the region’s largest independent Catholic university. Among them are the high degree of engagement students have with excellent faculty, a 97 percent job and graduate school placement rate within one year of graduation, and Buffalo-Niagara’s highest four-year graduation rate.
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