Polytechnic Institute of NYU students, whose educations are made possible by the generosity of individual donors, corporations, and foundations, were given the rare opportunity to thank their supporters in person on Tuesday, October 20 at the Donor Recognition Event and Promise Fund Kickoff.
Following a heartfelt introduction by the Verizon Promise Scholar and class of 2011 graduate Aarti Dalal, President Jerry Hultin personally thanked donors, saying: “With your help, we continue to provide opportunity to young people with diverse backgrounds from around the world.”
Among the many scholarships that were represented by their donors and recipients were the Promise Fund, The William Friend Family Scholarship, and the Ines Mandl Scholarship. Members of the Chevalier Society, Duryea Society, and legacy donors were also acknowledged for their long-standing commitment to NYU-Poly. Also in attendance were members of the leadership of the Alumni Association and the Board of Trustees.
In his thank you remarks, President Hultin said, “We trust that, as you all meet and share stories, donors will leave tonight with a clearer picture of what it’s like to be an NYU-Poly student in 2009, and scholarship recipients will leave with a first-hand view of the generous nature at work behind the scholarships that allow them to work towards their dreams.”
NYU-Poly’s Development and University Relations office worked with Web and Media Services to produce a special Thank You video for the occasion. The video, which you can view below, represents the tremendous diversity and drive of the thousands of students who have been able to attend NYU-Poly because of remarkable donor support.
One of the most poignant moments came at the conclusion of the video when President Hultin asked donors to raise their hands and scholars to do the same, he then asked them to pair up, shake hands, and introduce themselves, initiating extraordinary partnerships and conversations.