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Annual Fund Donors Recognized with Named Tuition Scholarships

POSTED ON: December 14, 2012

Joanne Mancari and John Frezza with Tiffany Tang, their scholarship recipient President Bharucha and Bill Cordiano Kathy and Alfred Brand with their scholar, Arven Rulona
Joanne Mancari and John Frezza with Tiffany Tang, their scholarship recipient

During this season of giving, The Cooper Union hosted a reception in late November to recognize and thank our generous donors who made leadership gifts of $10,000 or more to the Annual Fund in the 2011-2012 academic year.  In appreciation for their support, the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development established current-use tuition scholarships named after each donor.  Top first year students were selected by the Office of Admissions for the honor of receiving Annual Fund tuition scholarships for the 2012-2013 school year.

Conversations were spirited between donors and student awardees who attended the reception.  Students talked about their Cooper experience, academic challenges and professional goals, providing the best perspective on how donor generosity directly impacts their work and college life.  This scholarship program has also provided an important opportunity for students to learn about the role philanthropy plays in supporting their education at Cooper.  Celine Park, ARC’17; Zeb Bennett, ART’16; and Amy Chambers, ENG’16 spoke about their time at Cooper so far and expressed their appreciation for the donors’ contributions.

Our donors thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the students.  Alfred Brand, CE’67, commented that he and his wife “…enjoyed the evening and were happy to meet Arven (Rulona, ENG’16) and the other students.”  Students also enjoyed meeting donors, hearing about their time at Cooper, and being able to personally express their gratitude.  Andrew Rahayem wrote to Kenneth and Helene Mitchell, "Thank you again for your support in this uncertain time in Cooper’s history, and please know that your impact on me personally and on academia at large is very real and very much appreciated."

Collectively, 53 alumni, parents, trustees, former trustees and widows of alums contributed close to $1 million during the last academic year for current-use scholarships.  They represented all three schools and the class years spanned every decade from 1943 to 2001.  In total, approximately 83 scholarships were named, many of which were represented by students at the reception.

This year, we hope to support even more students through Annual Fund tuition scholarships.  If you would like to learn more about contributing, please contact Jeanne Lunin, Director of Development, at 212-353-4107 or

2011-12 Annual Fund Scholarship Donors
Sidney Joseph Altschuler
Howard B. Betts
Michael Borkowsky
Alfred Brand
Michael Francis Cannon
Bill Cordiano
Brian and Lynn Cusack
Francois de Menil
Deke and Roberta Dening
Vic DiFranco
Thomas Driscoll
Michael Vincent Duffy
Edward Durbin and Joan Morris
Benjamin and Susan Eisenberg
Mr. Mark L. Epstein
Eugene and Lauren Esnes
Audrey Flack
The Frezza Family Foundation
Angelica Garcia-Flagg
Joan E. Gertler
Jack D. Goodman
Jeffrey Gural
Douglas A. P. Hamilton
Isaac Heller
Paul Heller
William F. Hergenrother
Jeffrey and Ronny Hersch
John E. Huddy
Irwin N. Huppert
Ben and Susan Itri
Vikas Kapoor
Alan Kramer
Stanley Lapidus
Kenneth Mitchell
Edgar Mokuvos
Cynthia C. Weiler and E. Blake Moore, Jr.
Kenneth J. Nussbacher
Edward and Mary Ott
Peter Puglionesi
George A. Reeves
William H. Sandholm, Jr.
James and Shirley Suazo
Philip Trahanas
Ronald and Vicki Weiner
Philip Zev Weisberg, C. F. A.
Irma Giustino Weiss
Jeremy Wertheimer
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