Trailblazing Alumnus Remembers His Beginnings at Rensselaer
"I applied to RPI based on the reputation of the quality of the graduates," says Matthew W. Patsky, CEO and senior portfolio manager at Trillium Asset Management Corporation.
But just like many outstanding students today, the cost of education stood as an obstacle between Matthew and a college degree. Fortunately, Rensselaer could offer him financial aid thanks to generous alumni and friends. "When it came to choosing a school, I had a financial need, and RPI met it," he says.
To show his gratitude, Matthew has given to the school's annual fund for the past 25 years. He also plans on establishing a permanent scholarship in memory of his maternal grandfather, William Freeman Conner. He will fund the scholarship though his estate as well as through gifts he plans on making in his lifetime. This plan offers him flexibility and the assurance that his impact at Rensselaer will continue well beyond his lifetime.
"Thinking about my experience as a student with financial need made me decide that I should donate to the school to ensure that other students who are in a similar situation have their needs met," Matthew says.
Since graduating from Rensselaer with a bachelor's degree in economics, Matthew has built a reputation as an expert in socially and environmentally responsible investing. "RPI helped me to develop an analytical approach for developing practical solutions to real-life problems," he says. "The biggest part of my job is spreading the message that it is absolutely possible to do well and to do good."
Rensselaer graduates have been applying science to the common purposes of life since 1824. You, too, can lend a hand to other exceptional students by establishing your own scholarship in honor of a loved one or as an expression of your own legacy. Please contact Art Tracy at (518) 276-2561 or email@example.com today to discuss the different ways you can accomplish this meaningful gift.