More than four decades after Sonia Sotomayor '76 blazed a trail through Princeton, José Figueroa '81, C. Kim Goodwin '81, and a group of alumni have partnered to create the Sonia Sotomayor 1976 Scholarship Fund to assist first-generation college students who have demonstrated a commitment to service.
Scholarships and Fellowships
A group of Princeton University alumni has established the Sonia Sotomayor 1976 Scholarship Fund, in honor of Sonia Sotomayor ’76, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. The scholarship will be awarded to Princeton students from first-generation backgrounds who have demonstrated a commitment to service.
Robert D’Acquisto’s estate plan provides for Princeton, with funds earmarked for initiatives that promote college success. “These programs exemplify how I want to give back,” D’Acquisto says of his decision to join the 1746 Society by including Princeton in his will. “Princeton has evolved and my view of my early experiences at Princeton has evolved. I don’t have biological children, but I want to do something for the next generation.”
As an aspiring wizard, wand in hand, steps before a huge screen projecting an image of the Hogwarts School Great Hall of Harry Potter fame, José Rico ’18 waits. At the moment the youngster flicks his wand while pronouncing magic words, Rico does his magic—making the spell come to life with the click of his computer’s buttons.
A gift from University Trustee Anthony H. P. Lee and his wife Sharon will strengthen Princeton’s mission of teaching and research by endowing a professorship in math, funding education and training related to high-speed computing, and creating a new scholarship.
Before Charlie Baker ’17 takes the stage as the host of Princeton’s monthly late-night talk show, he frantically runs through his lines, herds the theater’s previous audience out so his crew can set up, and fixes malfunctioning equipment. And he worries. But as the lights come up, he trots onstage to greet his audience, leaving the nerves and chaos behind.
Sophomore Naoum Fares Marayati—who came to the University on a scholarship--is taking in as much of his Princeton experience as he can. When Marayati is not studying for his next class, you may find him guiding a tour in the Princeton University Art Museum, tutoring at the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, singing with the Umqombothi a cappella group or hosting a study break at Forbes College, his favorite community on campus.
Princeton’s financial aid program is one of the most generous in the country. Approximately 3,100 undergraduates—roughly 60 percent of the student body—receive financial aid assistance, thanks in large part to scholarships created by alumni, parents, and friends. These scholarships are at the heart of the University’s need-blind admission and “no-loan” policies. Need-blind admission means that Princeton students learn with—and from—peers of different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.
Three students are exploring how we learn language, preparing to improve healthcare in India, and teaching American Sign Language, thanks to 1746 Society members Walker McKinney ’50, R. Kenneth Perry ’50, and Thomas Nichol Jr. ’33, who combined loyalty and philanthropy by aiding students through their estate plans.
In his four decades on the Princeton faculty, Ted Taylor earned the admiration of his students and colleagues for his cheerful nature and commitment to rigorous research. Even in retirement, he has continued to support and shape new generations of scientists by establishing the Edward and Virginia Taylor Professorship in Bioorganic Chemistry and the Edward C. Taylor Fellowships for third-year graduate students in chemistry. The fellowships allow Princeton to fund students for three years—a rarity in higher education—freeing them from the need to tie their research interests to grant support.