Funding Initiative: The Diversity Fund

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Established by Fordham Trustee Valerie Rainford, the Diversity Fund is a current-use fund that fosters greater diversity among the student body at Fordham by providing financial support to students of color and those from first-generation or lower-income backgrounds. It was created in early 2021 to ease the burdens of student loans and part-time work that disproportionately affect Black and Latinx students. The fund provides “last-dollar” aid that closes the final financial gap for students, helping them not only enroll but also take advantage of on-campus housing and other opportunities.

Uses of the Diversity Fund include the following: 

  • Financial aid
  • Housing funds
  • Study abroad

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Interested in endowing funds, naming opportunities, or have other questions? Please contact Michael Boyd, senior associate vice president of development and university relations, at 212-636-6525 or

Supporting Diversity at Fordham