Endowed Funds

Endowed funds provide support that will exist in perpetuity to ensure that College students have the best possible undergraduate experience. These talented students have the opportunity to learn from world-class professors, to immerse themselves in the Core Curriculum and to pursue their goals without being burdened by the cost of their education. We are pleased to recognize endowed funds established in Fiscal Year 2013–2014.

Anonymous Squash Endowment
Gift of an anonymous donor
Aquila Family Scholarship Fund
Gift of Francis J. Aquila ’79
The Beesen Family Fund to Support Overseas Study in France
Gift of Estate of Charles F. Beesen LS’58
Bikhchandani Scholarship Fund
Gift of an anonymous donor
Louise and Robert Brunner Family Scholarship Fund
Gift of Rochelle L. and Thomas W. Brunner ’66, P: ’95
William Campbell Family Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education Fund
Gift of William V. Campbell ’62, P: ’04, ’13
John Bates Clark Professorship in Political Economy
Gift of Anla C. and Mark E. Kingdon ’71, P: ’09, ’16
The Class of 1956 Alan N. Miller Scholarship Fund
Gift of the Class of 1956
The Class of 1979 Scholarship Fund
Gift of the Class of 1979
The Class of 1985 Scholarship Fund
Gift of the Class of 1985
The Class of 1989 Scholarship Fund
Gift of the Class of 1989
The Columbia College Class of 1994 Scholarship Fund
Gift of the Columbia College Class of 1994
Columbia Football Players Club Fund
Gift of William V. Campbell ’62, P: ’04, ’13
The Rocco B. Commisso Quasi Endowment Fund
Gift of Catherine and Rocco B. Commisso SEAS’71, BUS’75, P: SEAS’06
The Rocco B. Commisso Endowment Fund
Gift of Catherine and Rocco B. Commisso SEAS’71, BUS’75, P: SEAS’06
Thomas & Nancy Cornacchia Rowing Fund
Gift of Nancy L. and Thomas W. Cornacchia ’85, P: ’17
Columbia University Alumni Association of Korea (CUAAK) Fund
Gift of the Korea Foundation
Father John K. Daly Memorial Scholarship Fund
Gift of Arthur D. Trezise ’50
Robert Steven Denning Scholarship Fund
Gift of Roberta B. and Steven A. Denning P: ’06
Grace and James Dignan Family Scholarship Fund
Gift of Grace and James H. Dignan ’91
Roger E. Dounce Scholarship Fund
Gift of Estate of Shirley A. Ingalls
John R. Eckel, Jr. Professorship of Financial Economics Fund
Gift of the John R. Eckel Jr. Foundation
Peter and Susan Fischbein Family Scholarship Fund
Gift of Peter D. Fischbein ’60, LAW’63, P: ’16
Ng Teng Fong Student Internship Fund
Gift of the Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation
The George K. Fraenkel Fund for Research in Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics
Gift of family and friends of George K. Fraenkel
Freedom and Citizenship Partnership Fund
Gift of Aimee J. Felton Freedman and Jonathan L. Freedman ’78
Goldman Family Fellows Research Fund
Gift of Kenneth A. Goldman
Gruenstein Family Scholarship Fund
Gift of Nicole and David Gruenstein ’77, P: ’18
Norman Hildes-Heim Fund
Gift of the Hildes-Heim Foundation
Holden Family Fellows Research Fund
Gift of Jean Weng and Douglas Holden DM’91, PS’95
Miwa Kai Fund
Gift of family and friends of Miwa Kai
Joan P. Kain and Frank T. Smith Fund
Gift of Estate of Joan P. Kain and Frank T. Smith
Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History Fund
Gift of Jean Kennedy Smith
Khosrowshahi Family Scholarship Fund
Gift of Delia and Bijan Khosrowshahi P: ’16, ’18
Sang and Borah Kim Family Scholarship Fund
Gift of Borah and Sang Kim ’92
Joseph R. Kuh Science Research Fellows Fund
Gift of Estate of Joseph R. Kuh ’39, PS’43
Lavine Family Civic Engagement Fund
Gift of Jeanne B. and Jonathan Scott Lavine ’88, P: ’16, ’18
Lavine Family Fellows and Scholars Fund
Gift of Jeanne B. and Jonathan Scott Lavine ’88, P: ’16, ’18
Lavine Family Public Service Fund
Gift of Jeanne B. and Jonathan Scott Lavine ’88, P: ’16, ’18
Robert and Alison Lee Family Scholarship Fund
Gift of Robert Lee ’84
Joseph M. Leff Fund for the Core Curriculum
Gift of Joseph N. Leff ’44, SEAS’45
Sara Schein Litto and Marilyn Sue Goodman Science Fellowship Fund
Gift of Estate of Marilyn Sue Goodman
McGroarty Family Endowment
Gift of James McGroarty ’64
Charles and Jeanne Metzner Scholarship Fund
Gift of Estate Jeanne Metzner
Jennifer Maxfield Ostfeld and Scott D. Ostfeld Family Scholarship Fund
Gift of Jennifer M. Ostfeld ’99, JRN’00 and Scott D. Ostfeld ’98
Ouzounian Family Scholarship Fund
Gift of Souren G. Ouzounian ’89
Schell-O'Connor Family Scholarship Fund
Gift of Kathleen O. and J. Michael Schell ’69
Po-Chieh Shaw Scholarship Fund
Gift of Christine Yu and Gordon Shaw BUS’92
Luciano Siracusano Scholarship Fund
Gift of Luciano Siracusano ’87, P: ’18
Caleb Smith Fellowship Fund
Gift of Estate of Caleb Smith
Warren and Susan Stern Family Scholarship Fund
Gift of Warren R. Stern ’74
Samuel and Susan Varghese Family Scholarship Fund
Gift of Tajar S. Varghese ’01
Vollbrechthausen Family - Goldman Sachs Scholarship Fund
Gift of Lucila Robert and Alejandro Vollbrechthausen P: ’16
W.K.W. Endowment Fund
Gift of Kaiyuan Wang
The N.T. and Mabel Wang Endowment Fund
Gift of Estate of Mabel Wang^ W: ’41, P: GSAS’81, GSAP’82, BUS’83
The Women's Leadership Fund
Gift of Mark Tagliaferri and Helene Halperin Tagliaferri SEAS’83
Xu Family Scholarship Fund
Gift of Yu Qiao Wei and Yong An Xu P: ’17
Yancopoulos Family Science Fellowship Fund
Gift of George D. Yancopoulos ’80, GSAS’85, GSAS’86, PS’87, P: ’16
Yu Family Scholarship Fund
Gift of Raymond H. Yu ’89, SEAS’90

Why I Give Back

Having been born in Colombia, and having lived in the United States, Switzerland and now Brazil for the past 25 years, I can tell you that no matter where you live in the world, being a part of the Columbia community will always be rewarding. The education that I received at our alma mater and the Core both gave me a foundation for life. The Columbia community has been an important part of my life ever since, always central and key in my success.

Diana Moreinis Nasser ’87

A freshman commuter, I learned to read ‘Homer’ while holding the handrail on the subway to Sheepshead Bay. A year later, with a scholarship, I was able to live on campus until graduation. We pre-meds were obsessed with excelling in our science courses, especially organic chemistry. ... I became a professor of anesthesiology at P&S. Some time ago, I was asked to anesthetize [an] esteemed professor of organic chem. ‘Any questions for me, sir?’ ‘Yes, I have one. What were your grades?’ ‘B+, B+, both terms.’ ‘Not bad, not bad.’ We shook hands and smiled. We knew we just shared a unique Columbia moment.

Allen Hyman ’55, P: ’85, ’88, PS’90

Columbia’s commitment to the Core has provided my friends and me a breadth of knowledge just wide enough that it doesn’t sacrifice depth. Because the Core is built this way, each of us can take the bits and pieces that are meaningful to us to forge a unique relationship with Columbia that extends far beyond the gates of 116th and that somewhat fuzzy May of senior year.

Vesal Yazdi ’11

Attending Columbia was single-handedly one of the best decisions I've made. Columbia fostered my academic interests in science in ways unimaginable and afforded me the opportunity to work in the labs of several esteemed scientists, including Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Kandel [P: BUS88]. My first journal publication is from research I completed in a neuroscience lab as an undergraduate. ... As an alumna, I donate to the College and am a volunteer ... because it’s important for me to remain connected to this institution and ensure that students continue to have the same amazing experiences I had.

Brittany Dubose ’08

It’s easy to forget that the Columbia experience isn’t over when you graduate and go beyond College Walk. Having worked and studied on three continents, I’ve found Columbia alums, current students and faculty all over the world. From seeing the unveiling of Greg Wyatt ’71’s statue of Macbeth in Stratford-upon-Avon, to welcoming the next generation of students in Beijing, Columbians are doing amazing things and creating communities everywhere.

Stephanie Lung ’04

I spent four years at Columbia College as a student who learned so much from my professors, my classmates and the two deans of Columbia College. Dean Lawrence Chamberlain [GSAS’45] and Dean Nicholas McKnight [’21] were always concerned with having the best faculty in the country. They were brilliant and warm individuals. I found learning and warmth from faculty, and classmates provided me with good thoughts and good relations and I am very grateful. Graduating from Columbia inspired in me an urge to create and succeed.

Howard Falberg ’54

... I am constantly reminded that my time at Morningside Heights represented the starting place of my journey as an adult — a journey comprising infinite experiences — bound by nothing. ... Instilled by the Core and nurtured by interactions with classmates and friends, I departed from Columbia with one critical realization at the forefront of my mind: that the intellectual process is many times, if not most, more valuable than the answer. As I approach my ninth year as an alumnus, I strive earnestly each day to transform that realization into a reality — a challenge I find befitting of a Columbia College graduate.

Ganesh Betanabhatla ’05

Nearly a decade after graduation, as I follow my classmates’ extraordinary accomplishments in government, academia, medicine, law and the arts, and at their own start-ups, my respect and appreciation for the education we received at the College (and my desire to give back as an alum) continues to grow. My commitment to a career in public service was solidified by my undergraduate experience organizing Columbia Community Outreach, with support from the alumni community. 

Diana Benton Schecter ’05

My Columbia College education made me more uncomfortable about the course of world events on the one hand, and more self-reflective on the other. When students and former students embrace their College education, they join a community of lifelong learners. Members of this community share a Core and a commitment — to better know ourselves as individuals and to enlighten the course of civilization. This voyage challenges us like no other, but as Aeneas says in 1:239, ‘A joy it will be one day… to remember even this.’

Chuck Callan ’78

My Columbia experience has been truly enriched by my involvement in the Columbia College Student Council. ... In my current role as the Class of 2015 president, I’m always astounded by how the definition of this community evolves because of the diversity that exists in thought, experience, ethnicity, academic pursuits, concerns and more within the student body. For me, it creates a renewed sense of curiosity and I believe this is what truly makes Columbia unique — it’s a university where the diversity within our gates reflects that of New York City and the world.

Kareem D. Carryl ’15

A person will face any number of challenges throughout his or her life — both personal and professional — but it is the thought process to solve those problems that is the key to success. Columbia gives students the tools to think critically and expand their worldview. It is a path we embarked on College Walk and continue on today.

Joanna Herman ’98 and Brooks Herman ’98

... We are hopeful that by giving back we can influence the next generation of leaders who will continue the cycle of giving. The experiences [we’ve had] and people we’ve met because of Columbia have been invaluable to our careers and lives in general. We are both extremely grateful for the doors the College has opened for us and the friends we've made (and continue to make) through CU. Columbia holds a special place in our hearts, as we never would have met otherwise. We are engaged to be married in 2015.

Ralph DeBernardo ’09 (football) and Kaitlyn Busler ’10 (field hockey)

We support the College because it is the best thing that has ever happened to our son Ricardo ’16. He feels that everyone in this world should have the opportunity to experience the Core. We are so impressed by his knowledge, maturity and changes! We are confident that because of Columbia and the Core, he will be prepared to handle any situation. We are also so grateful for the brilliant professors who give him time and attention outside the classroom, so we want to help the College continue this amazing work.

Lucila and Alejandro Vollbrechthausen P: ’16