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About The Freshman Fresh Start

Thank you for your interest in learning more about Freshman Fresh Start (formerly Freshman Fifteen Boston), an effort to support some of the Boston area’s most talented, but financially disadvantaged college-bound students. To date, over 750 students have received packages of dorm room essentials and school supplies allowing them to start college with dignity and a little less stress. We believe that this gift is one of a number of factors that help students attain the ultimate goal: college graduation.

100% of all donations go to fund students.  Freshman Fresh Start co-founders stand by our ongoing commitment to assume all administrative and outside expenses.

We’d like to thank the founders of Freshman Fifteen in New York, Mary Buckley and her daughter, Meaghan, for their inspiration and many years of support. We wish them continued success.

Freshman Fresh Start By The Numbers

Since 2011, Freshman Fresh Start (formerly Freshman Fifteen Boston) has funded 753 students from over 40 High Schools and Agencies from the Greater Boston area.

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In 2021, we provided packages for 132 students from the Class of 2025.  And, we provided packages to 10 students from 2020 who were finally permitted to live on campus.

What We Do

  • Freshman Fresh Start partners with Boston area schools, support agencies and educators to identify financially-challenged college-bound students and provide them with the essential items they need to furnish their dorm rooms.
  • Freshman Fresh Start is a targeted effort to help students with extreme financial need by supporting their all-important transition to college life.
  • While most college aid packages provide tuition, room and board, most do not cover the “hidden costs” of basic college dorm supplies.
  • Freshman Fresh Start awards dorm essentials each year based on the recommendations of school administrators ( principals, guidance counselors, college advisors ) and faculty, according to greatest need among these high-performing students.
  • Most of our awardees live below the poverty line, many of our recipients tell us they have never had anything new in their lives. Some are heading off to college from homeless shelters.
  • The Freshman Fresh Start award of dorm essentials allows all of these students to begin their college experience with dignity.
  • Freshman Fresh Start (formerly Freshman Fifteen Boston) was founded in 2011. We are proud to have funded over 750 students at 40 Boston area high schools, who have attended more than 70 colleges and universities.
  • We have received heartfelt thanks and high praise from our partnering schools, agencies, colleges, educators, and our students and their families.
  • Although we have grown and expanded each year, there is great unmet need in the Boston area.
  • With your help, Freshman Fresh Start can continue to provide dorm essentials and school supplies to deserving students.

High Schools Attended by Freshman Fresh Start Students since 2011

Boston Arts Academy • Boston Collegiate Charter School • Boston College High School • Boston English High • Boston Green Academy • Boston International • Boston Latin • Brighton High • Brockton High • Cambridge Rindge and Latin • City on a Hill Charter School • Charlestown High • Codman Academy • Cristo Rey Boston • East Boston High • EMK Academy for Health Careers • Fenway High • Jeremiah Burke High School • John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science • Josiah Quincy Upper School • Lowell High School • Lawrence Academy • Lynn Classical • Match Charter School • Malden High • Melrose High • New Haven Academy • New Mission High School •Notre Dame High School • Prospect Hill Academy • Revere High School • South Boston Excel • Somerville High School • South High School Community School • Tech Boston Academy • Urban Science Academy

Colleges Attended by Freshman Fresh Start Students since 2011

Becker College • Boston College • Boston Conservatory • Boston University • Bridgewater State University Brandeis University • Bryn Mawr • Bucknell • Centre College • Clark University • Colby-Sawyer • College of the Holy Cross • Connecticut College • Dean College • Denison University • Emmanuel College • Emory University Fitchburg State • Framingham State • Green Mountain College • Hamilton College • Harvard University • Lehigh University • Loyola • Macalester College • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts • Merrimack College • South Carolina State • Morehouse College • Mount Ida • Northeastern University • Providence College • Regis College Rhode Island College • Roger Williams University • Saint Anselm • Saint John’s • Saint Michaels • Salem State Smith College • Stonehill College • Syracuse University • Tufts University • Union College • University of the District of Columbia • University of Maine • University of Sciences Philadelphia • UMASS Amherst • UMASS Boston • UMASS Dartmouth • UMASS Lowell • Wentworth Institute of Technology • Westfield State • Wheaton College • Wheelock College • Worcester Polytechnic Institute • Worcester State • Yale University