In July I was thrilled to share with the Bucknell community that the WE DO Campaign had surpassed the $400 million milestone on the way to ur half-billion-dollar goal, and we have made even more progress since then. More than 42,000 donors have supported academic programs, faculty scholarship and teaching, facilities and our top campaign priority — increasing financial aid. Since the start of the campaign in 2012, more than 140 new endowed need-based scholarships have been created,
providing the University with a permanent resource for bright and talented
students with financial need. Now, thanks to Bob ’45 and Doris Malesardi’s
historic $20 million commitment to Bucknell, scholarship giving will have even
more of an impact through the Malesardi Match.
This 1:2 matching program, applicable to gifts of $100,000 or more to new or
existing need-based endowed scholarships, enables Bucknellians to amplify their
giving and has already inspired several donors to support this noble endeavor.
Among the families who have stepped up to the challenge are Robert Chrencik
’73, Ralph and Geralyn Della Cava P’ 14 and Frank and Mary Fetchet P’99,
P’04, P’ 11. The Fetchets’ pledge supplements the Bradley J. Fetchet September
11th Memorial Scholarship, which the family established in honor of their son who
perished in the terror attacks on the World Trade Center.
“We believe in the long-term power of endowed gifts,” say the Fetchets. “The
Malesardi Match helped accelerate our plans to keep our son’s legacy alive by
helping to ensure talented students continue to benefit, as our three sons have,
from a wonderful education at Bucknell.” Bucknell is grateful to them and to all
the families who believe in the long-term value of endowed scholarship funds.
The successful conclusion of the WE DO Campaign will enable us to build on
Bucknell’s 170-year foundation of success and strengthen our already exceptional
undergraduate experience for our students today and for generations to come.
This is indeed an ambitious goal, but I know that through the passion and loyalty
of Bucknellians around the world, together WE can DO it.
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