Donor Story, Elizabeth Cochary Gross, N82, NG88

Elizabeth Cochary Gross

Dr. Elizabeth Cochary Gross, N82, NG88, has longstanding ties to the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy as a graduate of its Ph.D. program, founder of its alumni association, former researcher, and current adjunct faculty member. As the former director of admissions Cochary Gross, now a Friedman Overseer, understands the plight of an accepted student who is forced to defer admission because of insufficient funds.

Cochary Gross and her husband, Phillip Gross, have given $200,000 to establish the Friedman School Deferral Recovery Fund to assist admitted students who show they need a little extra financial help if they hope to attend. The fund gives the Friedman School flexibility to increase financial aid awards to admitted students who otherwise would have to defer enrollment due to unforeseen financial challenges. The fund will be available for two years on a case-by-case basis. "I thought it would be great to have a pool of money where an admissions person could figure out how much it would take to have a student stay," says Cochary Gross.

"The school matters to me," says Cochary Gross, Friedman's vice chair for the Beyond Boundaries campaign. "I hope to be able to help other donors come up with creative ideas for giving. It is enormously satisfying as a donor to fill in a gap that wouldn't otherwise be addressed."

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