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Endowed Scholarships

The unwavering dedication of many generous alumni and friends has enabled Manhattan College to safeguard its commitment to eliminate financial obstacles that prevent deserving students from receiving a Lasallian education.

Thank you for investing in new generations of outstanding young Jaspers. Especially at this difficult time, receiving a scholarship can make the difference between students’ completing or postponing their Manhattan College education.

Endowed scholarships — created by generous alumni and friends — allow us to better assist students with academic expenses. We are sincerely grateful to all of you who fund a merit- or need-based scholarship at Manhattan. During the 2019–20 academic year, 482 students received approximately $2.4 million in endowed scholarship aid.

As students face formidable new challenges, Manhattan hopes to increase the assistance available for them. Alumni and friends can endow scholarships named for a relative, faculty member or other individual of special significance to them. This past year, in fact, gracious benefactors have launched scholarship endowments such as these:

The Andrew P. Ferry, M.D. ’50 Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2019 by Lynn Montemarano, Dr. Ferry’s widow, for a student in the pre-med track — preferably a senior — who intends to enroll in medical school.

The Br. Bernadine James Elliott, FSC, Memorial Scholarship

Established by the Elliott family in memory of Br. Bernadine James Elliott, FSC, for computer science majors who are beginning their
junior year.

The Coach Jim McHugh Scholarship for Track and Field Athletes

Founded to help NCAA students who are members of the College’s track and field teams. A beloved Jasper coach from 1962 to 1969, Jim McHugh guided 15 All-American athletes.

The Dr. Edward Brown ’61 Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2019 by Martha Brown ’89 and Edward Brown Jr. in memory of their father, Edward Brown ’61, Ph.D., who served in the School of Science as a professor (1961–2011) and dean (1994–2011). The scholarship will be awarded to a student in the School of Science, preferably a physics major.

The Dr. Robert Beardsley ’50 Endowed Scholarship in Biology

Founded by Dr. C. Lowell Parsons ’66 in memory of Robert Beardsley ’50, Ph.D., professor, chairman and director of the College’s Plant Morphogenesis Lab from 1951 to 1977. The scholarship is available to biology majors.

The Dr. Richard Whiteside ’69 Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2019 by Dr. Whiteside’s family and friends, the scholarship is offered with a preference for a student who is the first in his or her family to attend college.

The Hack/O’Meara Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Established by Denis and Joanne O’Meara in memory of his father Thomas and her mother Josephine. The scholarship will benefit students majoring in mathematics and biology; Denis O’Meara’s father had a great interest in math, and Joanne O’Meara’s mother served as an army nurse in World War II.

The James E. Reilly ’56 Endowed Scholarship

Established by the Reilly family in memory of James E. Reilly ’56, an alumnus who served in the College’s Advancement department. The scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior with a declared major in the O’Malley School of Business.

The Jeanette Brown ’87 Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2019 by engineering professor Jeanette Brown ’87, the scholarship will be awarded to students enrolled in the School of Engineering’s Environmental
Engineering program.

The Keith Furey ’85 Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2020 by Keith’s classmates, honoring what would have been the 35th anniversary of his graduation from Manhattan College.

The Kenneth F. Wiegand Jr. ’72 Endowed Scholarship

Established by Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wiegand for students pursuing a B.S. degree in the School of Science, preferably those who are the first generation in their family to attend college or serve in the Air Force ROTC.

The Max Whitwell ’18 Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2019 by the Whitwell family in memory of their son, the scholarship will benefit a student with an interest in English or philosophy.

The Robert J. Levine ’43 Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2019 by the son and daughter of Robert J. Levine ’43, a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, for an undergraduate in the School of Engineering.

The Smalley Foundation Scholarship

Established by the Smalley Foundation in 2019, this gift is made in memory of Lewis H. Eslinger ’50 for scholarships to deserving undergraduates who demonstrate financial need.

The Walter R. Schnitzler ’65 Endowed Scholarship

Established by Walter R. Schnitzler ’65 to assist upper-level students with financial need who are enrolled in the O’Malley School of Business, preferably in the accounting program.

For information about endowing a scholarship, please contact Elizabeth Plaushin, director of planned giving, at (718) 862-7976 or