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Pavan Scholarship Seeks to Open Doors

Barbara and Robert Pavan

Robert J. Pavan '51 created a scholarship at Rensselaer 10 years ago in appreciation for having been chosen as the winner of a four year NYC Alumni Scholarship in 1947. He explains, "I was also able to earn a second undergraduate degree and a master's degree in my six years at RPI with the aid of additional scholarship and fellowship awards and by working as Research Assistant and as a Dorm Proctor in ‘Tin Town'." Prior to creating the scholarship, Robert demonstrated his appreciation to Rensselaer by serving in various capacities including President of the Long Island Chapter of the Rensselaer Alumni Association (RAA), Board member of the RAA, and member of the Long Island Rensselaer Alumni Scholarship Committee.

After his time at Rensselaer, Robert later earned his doctorate from Harvard. His career path included work as a structural engineer, real estate entrepreneur, Fulbright Research Fellowship and college faculty member.

For the past ten years Robert and his wife Barbara have contributed annually toward the Drs. Barbara N. and Robert J. Pavan '51 Scholarship Fund at Rensselaer. The scholarship is awarded to graduates of Brooklyn Technical High School, Robert's secondary school alma mater.

Dr. Pavan says with conviction, "My Rensselaer experience made an entirely different life for me. The personal interest that professors took in my education helped open doors that I as the son of an Italian immigrant could never have imagined. My hope is for this scholarship to open doors for others."

William Owens-Davidson '11 and Alex Chaldyshev '11 are the current recipients of the Pavan Scholarship. After graduating from Brooklyn Technical High School at the top of his electrical engineering class, William chose to attend Rensselaer because its campus and programs impressed him. "I've always been interested in computers and how they work, and Rensselaer offers a curriculum that focuses on that," says William, who particularly values Rensselaer's coursework in computer hardware and the labs that transfer knowledge into practical application. A regular member of the dean's list, William plans to graduate with a dual major in electrical engineering and computer and systems engineering, and hopes to secure a job with a corporation that specializes in computer hardware design.

Alex Chaldyshev '11, also a graduate of Brooklyn Tech, is currently pursuing a degree in computer science at Rensselaer. After graduation, he plans to obtain a master's degree in computer science before searching for his "dream job" in a high-tech corporation, preferably one that develops computer software. Alex believes that having an education from top-rated Rensselaer will facilitate his career aspirations. Named to the dean's list for the past two years, Alex enjoys the intellectual camaraderie found at Rensselaer. "You're in good company here," says Alex.

A Helping Hand
William and Alex are grateful recipients of the Pavan scholarship. "Without scholarships, I couldn't afford to go to Rensselaer," explains Alex. "I would like to thank the Pavans for their generosity."

There are many Rensselaer students like William and Alex who would benefit from your support. Please contact Art Tracy at (518) 276-2561 or tracya@rpi.edu to discuss ways you can help them. You also can visit www.alumni.rpi.edu/waystogive to explore on your own the many different ways to give.

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