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Baruch College Fund Raises a Record-Setting $21 Million for Its First Dedicated Scholarship Campaign


More than 300 Additional Students to Receive Assistance

(R to L) Baruch College President Mitchel B. Wallerstein offers thanks to Pamela and Kim Baptiste, Brenner Family Foundation’s executive director and president respectively, for their generous contribution to the scholarship campaign and their ongoing support.


New York, NY- November 1, 2017- The Baruch College Fund (BCF) celebrated the successful completion of its first dedicated scholarship campaign—named “Be in the Life-Changing Business”—at the 11th annual 17 Lex Society reception held at the New York Historical Society on Oct. 26.

The campaign raised a record-setting $21 million—more than $6 million over the fundraising goal—that will provide financial assistance to at least 300 additional students. A total of 1,297 people made donations, with 120 donors contributing leadership gifts of $25,000 or more. 

At the reception, Baruch College President Mitchel B. Wallerstein, PhD, acknowledged the generosity of all the donors whose gifts made the campaign a tremendous success as well as all leadership donors.

“Every member of the 17 Lex Society has made Baruch the engine of social mobility that we are,” President Wallerstein said. “As a publicly funded institution, we truly couldn’t do it without your ongoing support. I thank you personally, and on behalf of the College, for helping to make Baruch as great as it is.”


Special Recognition

Campaign chairman Jay Berman '59 announced that a large gift from the Brenner Family Foundation (established by the late Max Brenner '21) propelled the total fundraising amount to over $21 million. Since 1986, the Brenner Family Foundation has aided more than 48 students who major in accounting.

“On behalf of Baruch College, I am thrilled to thank the Brenner Family Foundation for their generous contribution to our scholarship campaign,” Berman said. “This recent gift joins the Foundation’s legacy of support to Baruch.”

To recognize their generosity, President Wallerstein presented a bronze maquette, a replica of the College’s iconic Bernard Baruch statue located in the lobby of the Newman Vertical Campus. Additionally, President Wallerstein awarded Berman with a Tiffany clock for working tirelessly over the past few years organizing this scholarship campaign.  

The 17 Lex Society

The College’s leadership giving society is comprised of donors, trustees, recent graduates, and current students who provide an annual contribution to the Baruch College Fund.  Society members are invited to signature Baruch events, VIP alumni events, and have the opportunity to network with prestigious alumni and friends.

For more information about the 17 Lex Society, please go here.


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