The Campaign for Marist:
The Campaign Reaches $56 Million

Marist's capital campaign has hit the $56 million mark, reaching 74 percent of its $75 million goal.

New Gifts

Recently several significant gifts have been made to the Campaign for Marist. Longtime Marist Fund volunteers Michael and Genine McCormick '88/'88 gave $250,000. Robert C. and Mary Abel, parents of Briana '09, established an endowed scholarship fund with a gift of $100,000.

In addition, Mary Ellen Kondysar memorialized her husband, Tony, a member of the Class of 1969, in two ways. She established the Anthony J. Kondysar Scholarship to help adult students achieve Marist degrees, and she provided a gift in Tony's name for construction of the Hancock Center.

Foundation Support

The Louis Greenspan Trust has been a longtime supporter of Marist through scholarships and capital grants made in memory of its founder, Lou Greenspan. The trust recently made a $100,000 contribution to the campaign.

The Frank A. Fusco and Nelly Goletti Fusco Foundation awarded a $30,000 grant in support of the Campaign for Marist. The contribution continues the generous giving record of the foundation toward Marist, as initiated in 1994 by its late founder, Frank Fusco.

For the 40th straight year, the McCann Foundation supported student scholarships with a grant of $50,000. The ongoing commitment is in addition to the McCann Foundation's campaign gift of $2 million toward McCann Center renovations.

The Dyson Foundation continued its support of the Marjorie H. Clark Lecture on Ethics and the Law endowment with a recent grant of $25,000, bringing the total amount to $75,000. The grant is in addition to the Dyson Foundation's campaign commitment of $3 million.

The Dr. Edwin A. Ulrich Charitable Trust once again supported student scholarships for business and fine art majors, as well as students in Marist's music program, with a $40,000 gift. Marist received a one-time grant from the Jane W. Nuhn Charitable Trust that will support a reenactment of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta on the Hudson River as part of New York's Quadricentennial celebration.

The Hearst Foundations awarded Marist a $100,000 grant to establish the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship Fund benefiting students from underrepresented populations. Beginning in fall 2009, a $5,000 annual scholarship will be awarded to an incoming African American or Latino freshman or transfer student chosen on the basis of financial need, leadership potential, and promise for academic success.

Faculty Contributions

Former and current faculty members also made gifts. Associate Professor of Public Administration Donald J. Calista and Dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Margaret Calista made a multiyear commitment to help build the College's endowment. Assistant Professor of Computer Science Helen Hayes and her husband, Joseph Regh '67, established an endowed scholarship fund to assist computer science majors. Professor Emeritus of Business Eugene Melan established the Eugene Melan Scholarship in Business Leadership at Marist College to identify and develop students from the School of Management who have the potential to become outstanding business leaders.