Humanitarian Fund

Sister Judith Fenyvesi Social Work Humanitarian Fund

Students, at times, face crises that threaten their ability to continue in the Social Work program. The Sister Judith Fenyvesi Social Work Humanitarian Fund was established in 1996 to promote the well-being of students by providing one-time financial assistance to students with identified emergency needs. The fund is governed by a faculty committee using dollars raised at our annual spring dinner. Dispersed funds must be repaid by the student - thereby allowing other students to benefit from this fund.

The fund is named for Sister Judith Fenyvesi, a Sisters of Social Service nun who immigrated from Romania with limited English proficiency after serving a ten-year prison sentence for practicing her faith. She would go on to found the Daemen College Social Work program in 1975, to see the program through its initial accreditation, and to serve as its first Program Director. Throughout her career, she attempted to answer the question, “How can we live out our lives more consciously and deeply, responding to the realities in which we live?”

For more information about this fund, please contact Dr. Diane Bessel (716-566-7876;

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