Students Get The Gift of Time and Money

When it comes to giving thanks during the holiday season, several STEPP Program participants will have the Peter J. Frenkel Foundation on their list. Thanks to the foundation’s generosity, some very hard-working students have been able to assist the STEPP Program while helping to finance their college education and gaining valuable work experience. 

Becca and Daniel are just two of the students who have benefitted from Frenkel Foundation support. “This support is very important because it provides students with on-campus work experience which helps them maintain a structured learning environment because they are not leaving campus to earn tuition money,” said Dr. Sarah Williams, director of the STEPP Program.

A psychology major from Delaware, Becca is completing her third year at ECU. She has been able to work on campus while maintaining over a 3.7 GPA. The funding support has also helped her use her talent and experiences to benefit students the Building Hope Community Life Center. Using time that would have otherwise been spent traveling off-campus for work, she has been able to volunteer for the past two years as the co-leader of the ECU chapter of Eye to Eye, a well-respected national after-school mentoring program for elementary and middle school students with learning differences.

As a senior in the Recreation and Leisure Studies program, Daniel will be wrapping up his undergraduate degree in May. The foundation’s support enabled him to work during the summer for the STEPP Program. Not only did this opportunity provide financial support for his summer school expenses but it was a real boon for the College STAR Shared Learning Conference. Daniel helped the conference flow smoothly, and he was able to connect with individuals from a variety of education settings across the state.

Established in 2002, the Peter J Frenkel Foundation has been promoting education and assisting students for over ten years. The Foundation supports students in college at undergraduate and graduate levels who need financial support to pursue their college goals.