Suffolk Community College Foundation Grants

The Elizabeth Gonzalez Memorial Beacon Student Hardship Fund



What is the Fund?

The Elizabeth Gonzalez Memorial Beacon Student Hardship Fundwas established with a generous gift from a member of the Board of Directors of the Suffolk Community College Foundation.The fund memorializes the late Elizabeth Gonzalez, a third-year law student at the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center of Touro College who tragically lost herlife when a drunk driver struck her vehicle as she was returning home from studying. The fund supports Suffolk County high school students who enroll for pre-college credits in the Beacon Program of Suffolk County Community College.

Am I Eligible?


Support from the Fund is limited to Suffolk high school students who are currently enrolled or are applying for admission to the Beacon Program atSuffolk County Community College, and who are experiencing financial hardships such as homelessness or pending eviction/foreclosure; loss of utility services; lack of food security; health crisis; lack of transportation; etc.Together with the completion of this application, applicants must provide a narrative (limited to 250 words) and supporting documents (invoices, bills, past due rent notices, eviction notices, foreclosure forms, letters and photographs)demonstrating a critical financial need and expressing a desire to continue or enroll in the Beacon Program at Suffolk County Community College.


What is the Grant Amount?


The Elizabeth Gonzalez Memorial Beacon Student Hardship Fund provides a maximum award of up to $350 annually.


What is the Beacon Program?


Suffolk’s Beacon Program is a concurrent enrollment program that empowers high school juniors and seniors to get a head-start on college by taking Suffolk courses at their high school during regular school hours.  Classes are designed to provide college-level student learning, not replace high school requirements.  Students can earn up to 30 college credits through Suffolk’s Beacon Program.  Credits transfer to most colleges and universities and can enhance a student’s college admissions profile while realizing a significant savings on tuition costs.


Send Completed Applications to:

Attn: Christopher A. Williams, Esq., Director of Development
Suffolk Community College Foundation
The Cottage - 533 College Road, Selden, NY 11784


About the Suffolk Community College Foundation, Inc.

·       A non-profit corporation formed to develop additional resources to enable the college to provide quality educational experiences for its students.


Send your tax-deductible contribution to:

Suffolk Community College Foundation*

The Cottage - 533 College Road, Selden, NY 11784 (631) 451-4551

Designation / Memo: Elizabeth Gonzalez Memorial Beacon Student Hardship Fund


If you would like to make a contribution online, designation "Elizabeth Gonzalez Memorial Beacon Student Hardship Fund"  below

For more information on establishing a grant contact the SCC Foundation directly at 631-451-4846 and a staff member will assist you.