Marty Saggese Marks 35th Reunion by Supporting Students

July 20, 2016

Marty Saggese has been a consistent donor to the Wesleyan Fund since his graduation. But with his thirty-fifth reunion coming up in 2015, he wanted to do something more.

To mark his upcoming reunion, Saggese has established a scholarship fund to support a QuestBridge Scholar at Wesleyan for four years, starting in fall 2015. The QuestBridge program aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation's best universities and in the ranks of national leadership. QuestBridge has been bringing students to Wesleyan since 2009.

In addition, Saggese, the executive director of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, D.C., and an East Asian Studies major during his time at Wesleyan, has committed funds to the new College of East Asian Studies (CEAS) for the next four years, to support summer language study and travel grants in Asia for students with demonstrated financial need.

"As a working-class street kid from Brooklyn, I simply couldn't have attended Wesleyan, and couldn't have studied in Asia, without the very generous financial support I received from the university. Wesleyan gave me so much, and changed my life in such profound ways; it is a privilege to be able to give back, and help ensure that Wesleyan has the means to assist other students like me."

Saggese has also included Wesleyan as the major beneficiary in his estate plan, to endow a scholarship fund to provide financial aid to support high-need students in perpetuity. "My wife and I don't have kids, so if the enduring purpose of my life turns out to be helping more high-performing kids from under-resourced families gain access to and be able to afford to attend Wesleyan in the next century and beyond, I feel pretty good about that," he said.