Meet Ryan Hoffman '12

Ryan Hoffman When Rosemary Molloy '91, wife of Professor Emeritus Dr. Andrew Molloy, made the decision to endow a scholarship in her husband's memory, she knew there would be no shortage of talented and worthy students to consider. However, with a man as rich in Marist history as Dr. Molloy, this student would have to be someone very special. Dr. Molloy's affiliation with Marist spanned a half a century; first as a student (Class of '51), then as a professor, academic administrator, and a mentor.

This scholarship recipient had to share Dr. Molloy's love for chemistry, show a genuine commitment to academic excellence, and embody the spirit of commitment to serve others that Dr. Molloy exemplified throughout his lifetime. In other words, the recipient of the Dr. Andrew A. Molloy '51 Memorial Scholarship in Chemistry would have to be extraordinary.

Ryan Hoffman, Class of 2012, has proved to be just that. Ryan, a double major in biochemistry and biomedical sciences, came into Marist knowing his future was in general dentistry. A bicycle accident in second grade left him without his permanent front teeth and nearly a decade in and out of a dental chair. This experience opened his eyes to the industry and showed him the impact good dentistry can have on patients.

When asked what he would say to those who made his scholarship possible, Ryan exclaimed, "An absolute and sincere thank you! The scholarship opened so many doors for me, including making funding available to help with my dental school applications." That process alone came with a four-figure price tag. Clearly Ryan was worth the investment as he was accepted into 10 dental programs including Harvard, Columbia, Temple, and Stony Brook. Ryan has decided to follow in the footsteps of his mentor, Richard K. Whalen, DDS, and attend Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine in the fall of 2012.

It is because of the generosity of Rosemary Molloy and others like her who hold Dr. Molloy in great affection that generations of Marist students, like Ryan, will use their Marist education and training in chemistry to make the world a better place, one beautiful smile at a time.

There is no greater need at Marist than helping students finance their education. More than ever, endowment is needed to provide a permanent base from which scholarship funds can be drawn reliably.