Medaille Students #StandUp4StudentAid on NY Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day


Students from Medaille College traveled to Albany, NY, on February 13 to make their voices heard on New York Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day. They joined students from other private colleges and universities across the state to show support for student aid funding and higher education. The busy day for Medaille students Cho-Thiri Tun, Sarah Carpenter, Abby Hlawn, Frances Wolf, Tori Giuseppetti, Brandon Leone and Maddison Toledo included a meeting with New York State Senator Tim Kennedy. Tweets from Medaille and other schools posted throughout the day can be found by searching the hashtag #StandUp4StudentAid on Twitter.

Seeing government in action and participating in Advocacy Day events made it a unique and memorable day for the Medaille students. We asked several of them for comment:

  • Senior Abby Hlawn: “It was an eye-opener and a great experience to learn how supportive our New York State Senators are to the Medaille community. I was delighted to be one of the students in attendance.”
  • Sophomore Maddison Toledo: “I’m thankful for the Advocacy Day experience!”
  • Sophomore Tori Giuseppetti: “The experience was amazing. Senator Kennedy was wonderful, and I’m thankful to have had this opportunity.”

For the second year in a row, hundreds of students from dozens of campuses joined together in the state capitol on New York Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day to demonstrate the importance of these issues to students, their families, alumni and all state taxpayers. If you would like to see New York restore funding for critical student aid programs, and believe college should be affordable and accessible for all students, please visit here. Enter some brief information, including your name and address, and a letter will be sent to your elected officials.

For more information on programs that provide critical access to higher education, including Bundy Aid and Opportunity Programs, visit here.

Pictured, from left: Medaille students Abigail Hlawn, Cho-Thiri Tun, Maddison Toledo, Frances Wolf, Tori Giuseppetti, Brandon Leone and Sarah Carpenter. 

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