That’s the question David Hooper, Class of 2020, asked himself after realizing he was in a negative cycle that began with his father’s death.
While he didn’t quite have the answer, he knew one thing: he’d begin to build his new life by earning his bachelor’s degree. For Jim Smist, BS ’80, it was honor his late father, Felix Smist, BS ’65, a non-traditional student who enrolled at UB as a working husband and father and then graduated 16 years later. Watch their stories and learn how one man’s legacy helped shape the lives of many others.
At UB, nearly 40 percent of our students are the first in their families to earn a college degree—a testament to our accessibility and proof that a UB education has a life-changing impact far beyond each individual student.
For David—and thousands of students like him—it takes more than hard work and big dreams to reach their full potential. The Boldly Buffalo campaign provides students with scholarships and other support that extends their limited resources, enriches their experiences and gives them the life-changing opportunity to earn a UB diploma.
We can attract the best and brightest from around the world—regardless of their financial circumstances—because we provide students with an exceptional value: a high-quality education at an affordable cost. Our graduates leave UB with more financial freedom, which gives them more opportunities to pursue their goals and change the world.
Your investment in UB will make a difference for a cause that matters to you: whether you make a gift to the UB Fund, support a scholarship for one UB student, sustain the work of a professor who will inspire thousands, or fund a cancer cure that saves the lives of millions. Every gift counts!