Updates for Alumni

Spotlight on Philanthropy

Jun 12 2013

Donors of NYIT have the opportunity to establish funds that will serve students for decades to come. Whether it’s supporting a specific academic program or providing scholarship funds, you have the option to decide where you want your donation to be allocated. You can choose to create a permanent fund in a person’s name, or have classrooms, laboratories, or other campus spaces named in honor of a family member, friend, or business.

NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., has announced several generous gifts in support of endowed scholarships at NYIT:

• First Vice President of Investments for Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees Linda Davila (B.S. '78, pictured top left) has committed $300,000 in support of endowed scholarships and NYIT's Annual Giving Program. "As an alumna who has experienced NYIT's evolution into a prominent 21st-century global institution firsthand and has been personally involved in its extraordinary transformation, I am thrilled about our future and so very proud to provide a foundation for the next decades to support NYIT and its students," she says.

• Peter Ferentinos, CEO of Qualco Inc. and NYIT's longest-standing board member (pictured top right), has donated $1 million in support of endowed scholarships, annual scholarships, and the Annual Giving Program. "I've been involved with the great work of NYIT for more than 25 years, and I am excited to be able to support the next generations of scholars who will carry on the university's mission and vision," he says.

• NYIT Trustee Robert Evanson has committed $250,000 in support of endowed scholarships and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. "I’m happy to be involved in the evolution of NYIT as it continues on its path in achieving its 2030 goals," says Evanson, who retired from his role as president of McGraw-Hill Education in 2003.

• Michael J. Merlo, executive vice president and chief credit officer at Signature Bank (pictured top left), has committed $200,000 in support of endowed scholarships and athletics facilities at NYIT. "It's an honor to be able to help the next generation of scholars at NYIT," says Merlo.

• NYIT Trustee Peter Romano (B.Arch. '76, pictured top right), president of Peter J. Romano & Co., has donated $250,000 in support of endowed scholarships at NYIT. "I am proud to have stayed close to my alma mater and to be able to give back as a donor and board member," says Romano. "My wife, Jane, and I are happy to play a role in helping NYIT students achieve their goals."

• Judith and Douglas Catalano (pictured, top left) have committed $360,000 in support of endowed scholarships at NYIT. "An educated population is the foundation of our democracy, freedom, and prosperity," says Judith Catalano. "It is with that in mind, and with great pleasure, that we support the deserving students of NYIT."

• Linda Davie (B.S. '80), associate attorney for the District Court of Suffolk County, N.Y. (pictured top right), has donated $64,000 in support of endowed scholarships at NYIT. "My NYIT education has always been an asset to my career, and I am pleased to offer students the resources to connect with opportunities leading to professional and personal success," she says.

Learn more about giving to NYIT and how your generous support can make a difference in the lives of students. Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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