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The Legacy Continues

Program Raises $3 Million for Thirty-One Scholarships for Engineering Majors

The College of Engineering is a third of the way toward its goal of raising $10 million to endow a hundred Legacy Scholarships. Since the program began three years ago, $3 million has been raised to support thirty-one Legacy Scholarships, annually renewable $5,000 Scholarships awarded to first-year engineering students who show great academic promise.

"My business success is primarily due to an excellent education at Northeastern. Now that I have the opportunity to help qualified students achieve a role in the solution of future engineering problems, I am pleased to do so."

James W. Healy, E'52, Leonard C. Perham, E'68; and Edward H. Tutun, E'47, recently endowed new scholarships, and Nicholas J. Cedrone, E'52, endowed his second one. Each alumnus donated a gift of $100,000.

Arthur F. Hartford, E''41, who is retired from his dual careers at Wider University and the E. I. Dupont Corporation, agreed to endow a Legacy Scholarship through a bequest in his will.

Healy, the president of Healey Systems in Hudson, New Hampshire, attributes his decision to fun the Legacy Scholarship to the engineering education that he received at Northeastern.

"When I returned home from the military and decided to go to college, Northeastern was my first choice. The co-op program allowed me to set aside enough money to complete my education after the GI Bill finds were exhausted.

"Exposure to real-world engineering problems for both the design and the manufacturing perspectives gave greater meaning to the academic side of my Northeastern experience. My business success is primarily due to an excellent education at Northeastern. Now that I have the opportunity to help qualified students achieve a role in the solution of future engineering problems, I am pleased to do so."

Perham, the former president and CEO of Integrated Device Technology in Santa Clara, California, endowed a Legacy Scholarship because "without scholarship funds, higher education is not accessible to many young people.

"A scholarship gives a young person the freedom to grow, to learn, and to succeed. With the co-op program and a scholarship, a young person can have an exciting career instead of a dead-end job."

He adds, "My Northeastern education was the key to my financial success. I could never have gotten a degree without the Northeastern co-op program. With my diploma, I had a chance to pursue whatever goals I set for myself. With his scholarship gift, I'm giving the opportunity to someone else."

Tutan, who retired as executive vice president and director for the W.R Grace Company, endowed the Edward H. and Joan M. Tutan Legacy Scholarship. He ascribes his professional success to Northeastern and wants to give back the school that helped him begin his career.

"Northeastern University and the co-op program took a poor but ambitious young man and gave him the skills for success. Now, it's our turn to help a young person since Northeastern certainly helped me.

"Through the co-op program, the GI Bill, and hard work, I was able to graduate with a degree that put me on the road to success. To be able to do that for another young person is a rewarding experience."

In addition to these endowed scholarships, donors have recently established five Legacy term scholarships with gifts of $25,000 each. The donors are Roger W. Blethen, E'74, president, CEO, and founder of LTX Corporation; Rose Marie and Ronald F. Borelli, ME'69, chairman of Aavid Thermal Technologies; Deborah Gerber, in honor of her late husband and former vice president of Gerber Electronics, Albert Gerber, E'52; Christopher C. Grieb, E'72, consulting and past president of Parsons Brinckerhoff an engineering and construction management company; and Doris Levanitis, in honor of her son John S. Levanitis, E'85, who perished in the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989.

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  This article appeared in the Summer 2000 edition of Forefront.          

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