In business, they say networking is everything. Thanks to some networking with Daly Computers, and its president, Ryan Yu, Frostburg State University students in need of immediate financial assistance won’t fall through the cracks and be forced to drop out of college.
“For the past several years, I’ve been pretty active in looking at how I can start giving back to the education community,” Yu said. “It’s very near and dear to me.”
Born in Taiwan, Yu received a full scholarship to attend a private boarding school in the United States in 1972.
“When you’re 15, 16, it’s an impressionable age,” he said. “It was tremendous. I never knew there was such a thing as a scholarship.”
According to Yu, this was the beginning of his American dream. A hard worker, and good student, Yu continued to benefit from scholarship support during his undergraduate career at Boston University. He never took these opportunities for granted, even after he became the head of a successful IT infrastructure service provider like Daly Computers.
For the past four and half years, Daly Computers has supplied FSU with computers, laptops, TVs, projectors and other equipment. Yu mentioned his interest in giving back to Beth Kenney, director of Academic Computing, who put him in touch with B.J. Davisson, II, FSU’s vice president for University Advancement and the executive director of the FSU Foundation.
“B.J. introduced me to the various programs FSU has for giving,” Yu said. “I just wanted to make some immediate impact.”
Yu and Daly Computers created the Daly Computers Pass-Through Fund, which is available to full-time FSU students with a grade point average of at least 3.0. It was set up to make unrestricted scholarship money available to students who need it most.
“The unrestricted funds allow our office to look at students on a case-by-case basis,” said Angela Hovatter, FSU’s director of Financial Aid. “We are not restricted by specific criteria, which allows us to make the awards more individualized and help the students who have special circumstances in their lives.”
For example, Hovatter has used the Daly Computers Pass-Through Fund to help mid-year transfer students who enter FSU in January, but struggle to get additional funding because by then the Financial Aid Office has already awarded the majority of its funds for both fall and spring.
Yu has enjoyed the thank-you letters he’s gotten from the fund’s recipients.
“They all have the same message – ‘Hey, this is wonderful, someone out there cares, thank you,’” he said. “And for someone to know that someone out there cares and offers support, that’s the kind of emotion that’s not forgotten easily … and somewhere down the road these kids will remember and give back on their own.”
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