Why We Give

Fairleigh Dickinson was my bridge to making a difference in the world. I came to Fairleigh Dickinson eager to learn and to discover where I might make a difference in the world and I was just so fortunate that people took an interest in me and made sure that I connected with the things about which I was most passionate.

Marta Tellado ’81
President and Chief Executive Officer
Consumer Reports

FDU recognized my potential and gave me a generous scholarship. Coming here was the best decision of my life; I have been able to work toward a career in international business and to be an active contributor to campus life. I will be graduating with a job already lined up, which I got through the FDU alumni network. That scholarship made all the difference in the world.

Christopher Orsini
Class of 2019

When Ron Doerfler [the late alumnus and Hearst Corp. SVP] passed away, I decided that I could never fill his shoes, but I had to walk his path. So whether I am with Hearst or move on, I will always be connected to this school, because FDU made it possible for me to get my undergraduate degree and launched me.

Veronica C. Young ’86,’96 MBA
Deputy Director, Treasury
Hearst Corporation

FDU allowed me to get out of my small world and to realize there’s a bigger world out there. Those lessons have stayed with me. I know I owe some of who I am today to FDU and I want to be able to give back. Not only to build a legacy, but also because I want to be part of that conduit, that pipeline for graduates that come out of the school to come work for me or people I know in the business world.

Gene Waddy ’92
Chief Executive Officer
Diversant LLC

Being a student-athlete is very difficult, but at the end of the day it's also very rewarding. I love being able to be very busy and active on campus and off campus and I enjoy what I do. At Fairleigh Dickinson I am encouraged to excel in my sport, fencing, and in the classroom. My goal is to get the best experience that FDU has to offer. My scholarship made this all possible.

Natalia Toby
Class of 2020
Nationally-ranked amateur fencer

I would like my legacy to be providing opportunities to students that would not normally have the chance for a college education -- to give them a hand up, not a hand out because it’s a lot of hard work to go to school and to graduate.

Michele Logan ’96 MBA
Chief Executive Officer
CompoSecure, LLC

I am the SGA President for the Metropolitan Campus. I chose FDU, not only because I am a legacy, but because FDU gave me multiple opportunities and scholarships to attend this university. Becoming the SGA president has allowed me to learn more about myself, develop leadership qualities and I am doing things that I never thought I would do. It’s been amazing.

Nina Marie Disla
Class of 2020
Metro Campus Student Government Association President

For me, education has always been important. My heart goes to people that can't afford to put their kids through college. I think it’s important to help FDU to provide scholarship funds to students who need an education.

Armen Katchiturian ’80 MBA
Founder and President
Khachaturian Engineering Associates

The Capital Campaign is incredibly important to the University. We need to make sure that we’ve got the right infrastructure, the state-of-the-art buildings and state-of-the-art technologies that make it possible for our students to learn in the best environment. It's critically important that we make the investments in buildings and labs, and technology.

Robert Stewart ’98
Chief Executive Officer