The Options Program for Mature Learners Fund

Supporting tuition assistance, growth, and longevity of Options

A fundraising campaign for College of Staten Island

About the Options Program for Mature Learners (also known as ‘Options’):

Options is a supportive community and non-degree program for personal enrichment and lifelong learning for members over the age of 55. Exclusively available at the College of Staten Island/CUNY (CSI), Options is a local, low-cost way to stay active, form meaningful relationships, and thrive in a dynamic environment virtually and on a college campus!

Why the Options Program for Mature Learners Fund matters:

According to the census, Staten Island’s aging population includes 21% adults who are 60 years old or older. With 14% of Staten Island’s population in their fifties, the time to expand services for older adults is now!  While the majority of our students currently hail from mid-Island, the COVID-19 pandemic ignited the need to transition to virtual learning, enabling a broader demographic of members to participate in the program.  This fund ushers in a new frontier of accessibility so that any adult age 55 and older, regardless of geography, mobility, or income has the opportunity to join a vibrant and growing community through Options.

How your support will be used:

Our first priority is to award tuition assistance scholarships for up to $99 for Options students experiencing financial hardship. Scholarship funds will go towards the cost of participation in the program.  After all scholarship recipients are awarded, the remaining balance of funds will support program sustainability and growth, like adding more course offerings and keeping tuition costs at a minimum.  All donors will have the opportunity to post comments after they make their donations. If you are making a donation in someone’s name, please include their name in your comment.

Other ways to Make Your Gift:

By Check: Please make your check payable to CSI Foundation, Inc., note “Options Program” on the memo line, and send to:

CSI Foundation, 2800 Victory Blvd., 1A-210, Staten Island, NY 10314

By Phone: Please email [email protected] and an Institutional Advancement staff member will contact you to take your donation over the phone.

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