Foundations is a workshop series that introduces Syracuse University students to essential life-skills. Lecture topics include: community involvement, leadership, career development, financial wellness, healthy relationships and self-care, physical health and nutrition, and information literacy. While this series is open to ALL students, undergraduate students who attend all sessions can enter to win a $1,000 Foundations Scholarship each semester.

The Spring 2019 Foundations Workshop Series will cover the theme of self-esteem!

Monday, January 28, 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., 207 Hall of Languages, 
Community Involvement with Syeisha Byrd, Director, Office of Engagement Programs, Hendricks Chapel


Monday, February 4, 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., 207 Hall of Languages, Career Development


Monday, February 11, 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., 207 Hall of Languages, Physical Health and Nutrition, hosted by Veronica Tearney,  Director of Strength & Conditioning (Olympic Sports), Athletics
We know that food can impact our physical appearance but in this talk Dr. Rachel Gregg will discuss how foods can also affect our emotions including anxiety and depression.

Monday, February 18, 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., 207 Hall of Languages, Leadership with Mark Trumbo, Student-Athlete Engagement Coordinator, Athletics


Monday, February 25, 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., 207 Hall of Languages, Healthy Relationships and Self-Care, with Michelle Good & Peer Educators, Health Promotion Specialist: Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention, Office of Health Promotion


Monday, March 4, 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., 207 Hall of Languages, Financial Literacy with special guest speaker, Derek Brainard



Monday, March 18, 5:15 p.m., 207 Hall of Languages
Foundations Celebration and Scholar Awards

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

In order to be considered for a $1,000 scholarship you must be an undergraduate student, attend ALL sessions, and submit ONE of the following by Friday, March 7, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. to

  • A double-spaced essay about what you learned from at least two topical areas and how you will apply what you learned to your life (750 words maximum, in Microsoft Word or PDF format)
  • A video/vlog of 3-5 minutes discussing what you learned from at least two topical areas and how you will apply what you learned to your life (you can submit a link to a video)
  • A digital portfolio of photos and/or other creative media showing what you learned from at least two topical areas and how you will apply what you learned to your life (this option is open to your own interpretation; please let us know if you have any questions)

A selection committee will select winner(s) and notify winner(s) during the series awards session.

About Foundations

Foundations is a collaborative effort between many Syracuse University departments and schools, including The Office of Financial Literacy, Athletics, The Office of Health Promotion, and The Office of Engagement Programs, Syracuse University Athletics, and The Office of Professional and Career Development – with more partnerships to come.

If you are interested in participating or presenting as a Foundations partner, please email Mark H. Trumbo,, with a description of your topic and session, along with at least three desired outcomes from your presentation. All participants will be reviewed and determined via committee.

To provide holistic education across key areas to prepare students for life.

A collaboration of Syracuse University campus offices to provide engaging educational opportunities for students in key life areas.

Participant Outcomes and Evaluation
1)      To improve self-efficacy.
2)      To gain baseline knowledge and resources.
3)      To increase self-awareness.
4)      To engage in and learn about being socially responsible.

Previous Scholarship Winners: 

Fall 2017 Foundations scholars

Spring 2018 Foundations scholars

Fall 2018 Foundations scholars