Career Planning Center Receives $6,000 Grant from First Niagara


Career Planning Center Receives $6,000 Grant from First Niagara

On July 20th, Fairfield University’s Career Planning Center received a $6,000 grant from the First Niagara Foundation. The grant will be used to support the university’s Workforce Readiness Assistance (WRA) program.

The WRA Program provides qualified Fairfield University students with the financial assistance necessary to participate in off-campus employer site visits, internships, and job shadowing opportunities.

The 2016-17 program will offer 20 travel stipends for students during the academic year, and 5 stipends for students with secured summer internships in metropolitan areas. The grant will positively impact students who would otherwise be unable to participate in these career opportunities due to financial hardships. The stipends will be used to supplement the cost of transportation, which in some cases can inhibit a student securing an internship or a job post-graduation.

“Our WRA Program offers students the chance to make connections, cultivate professional skills and attain the industry knowledge necessary to remain competitive when looking for a job after graduation,” said Julie Tuozzoli, manager of Employer Relations and Alumni Career Development. “This program would not be possible without First Niagara’s generous donation and we appreciate their ability to recognize the value of this important initiative.”

First Niagara Middle Market Relationship Manager, Bradley Hardy, Fairfield Center Branch Service Manager, Michelle Matias, and Senior Communication Manager, Karen Crane, presented the grant to Ms. Tuozzoli and Cath Borgman, director of the Career Planning Center.

“First Niagara believes strongly in supporting initiatives that help build stronger communities,” said Karen Crane. “Enhancing programs that support educational initiatives for young people who otherwise can’t afford it is one of the cornerstones of our charitable giving efforts and one that we are particularly proud of.”

For more information on Fairfield University’s Career Planning Center, please visit:

Pictured from left: Brad Hardy, Senior Relationship Manager, Middle Market Banking, First Niagara Bank;  Michelle Matias, Branch Service Manager, First Niagara Fairfield Center Branch; Julie Tuozzoli, Manager of Employer Relations and Alumni Career Development; Cath Borgman, Director of the Career Planning Center; Karen Crane, Senior Communications Manager, First Niagara. 

About First Niagara Foundation

Founded in 1998 by First Niagara Bank, the First Niagara Foundation is committed to supporting organizations in the communities in which we live and work, with specific focus on Youth and Education, Community Development and Neighborhood Revitalization. For additional information on First Niagara, please visit:

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