Gift Opportunities

Gift Opportunities

Scholarships / Research / Professorships / Centers of Excellence / Capital Projects / Athletic Support

Endowed Scholarships

Many of those students who might benefit most from a Marist College education are those least able to afford it. Marist has worked hard to ensure that it remains cost-competitive and that every qualified student who wants to attend can. But the College is not immune to the financial pressures affecting all institutions of higher education. To help meet its very important strategic goal of creating a more diverse and international college community, Marist seeks to widen its pool of endowed scholarships to provide ongoing support to academically talented students of need.

Endowed Research Funds

Some of the most powerful learning experiences come not in the classroom, but in the lab or out in the field, where students and faculty work together on new research. At Marist, students have the opportunity to work directly with faculty members who are leaders in their fields, conducting important research that advances knowledge in their respective disciplines while furthering their education. The College endeavors to broaden the resources available to foster vital research during and beyond the campaign.

Professorships and Faculty Chairs 

As with students, competition for the best professors in all disciplines is increasingly intense. Marist is committed to ensuring that faculty compensation keeps pace with the College’s competitors. Much of Marist’s academic success is due to teacher-scholars who are leaders in their fields and partners in the classroom, where they do more than teach—they inspire.

Centers of Excellence

As Marist continues to draw talented students and exceptional teacher-scholars, opportunities exist to match their collective expertise with the appropriate resources and focus both within new centers of excellence. Hallmarks of these centers are nationally recognized expertise; faculty and student research; and work that is shared for the public good. As Marist looks to establish these centers in each of the College's seven schools, the nationally prominent Marist Institute for Public Opinion and Hudson River Valley Institute, along with the new Raymond A. Rich Leadership Institute, Investment Center, and Center for Sports Communication. are the standard-bearers. Support for these centers of focused teaching, learning, and research will enable the continued advancement of important areas of study.

A new Center for Civic Engagement and Leadership is being developed supporting the Marist ideal of service and belief in the dignity and value of every human being.  The Center will integrate the College's many community service initiatives into the curriculum. Currently, Marist sponsors and supports programs to meet a wide variety of community needs and broaden access to education. We encourage students, faculty, staff, and alumni to make service an important part of their lives. Gifts in support of Marist service projects play a vital role in the College’s ability to make a meaningful impact through its outreach in the local community, across the country, and around the world.

Capital Projects

Alumni and friends visiting Marist’s Poughkeepsie campus are seeing two major construction projects underway: a science and allied health building east of Route 9 and a residential complex at the north end of the campus.

Science and Allied Health Building

The science and allied health building will be home to two new graduate degree programs: a master’s in physician assistant studies (PA) and a proposed doctorate in physical therapy (DPT). The building also will serve the needs of current undergraduate programs in biology, biomedical science, medical technology, and athletic training. Completion is scheduled for January 2016. The environmental science and chemistry departments will remain in Donnelly Hall.

The 59,000-square-foot building is located just north of the campus walkway and just east of Beck Place and the Steel Plant Studios. Designed by renowned firm Robert A.M. Stern, the architects of Marist’s Hancock Center and music building, it has three stories above ground and one below.

The project is in keeping with Marist’s strategic plan, which calls for developing and expanding graduate programs. While the two new programs represent new net revenue, they also address the skills component of Marist’s mission: Marist is dedicated to helping students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century. The PA program, scheduled to begin in spring 2016, will be the first graduate program within Marist’s School of Science. The proposed DPT program, to begin in fall 2017, will be the first doctorate offered by the College.

North Campus Housing

The new residence halls will expand the availability of housing on campus by almost 11 percent. The visually striking design of the complex, also by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, will create sight lines to the Hudson River from Route 9. Phase I of the project calls for construction of two buildings for a total of 465 beds, with occupancy slated for August 2016 for the first building and January 2017 for the second. Phase II requires demolition of Gartland Commons and will add two more buildings and 324 beds by August 2017, resulting in a net 483 beds. The complex will include lounges, courtyards, and other gathering spaces.

Both capital projects offer naming opportunities ranging from internal spaces to the buildings themselves. Those interested in learning more are invited to contact Chris DelGiorno, vice president for college advancement, at (845) 575-3412 or

Athletic Support

Marist is proud to offer 24 Division I sports, as well as the opportunity for students to participate in a wide range of club, intramural, and recreational athletic activities.  The Athletics Program aims to complement academic and social experiences with the development of organizational skills, leadership qualities, and an appreciation for sportsmanship.  Teams rely heavily on the generosity of alumni, parents, and friends to provide much needed annual operating support, as well as endowed funds, that help the Red Foxes remain competitive and offer the best possible experiences and opportunities for student athletes.

Marist Football continues to be among the College's most popular sports and a time honored tradition at Marist.  Shortly after the opening of Tenney Stadium, Marist received a $1,000,000 challenge grant from the late Raymond A. Rich.  Mr. Rich was one of the 20th century's leading businessmen and industrialists as well as a good friend to Marist College.  As part of this challenge, the Rich Estate will match each dollar raised exclusively for use by Marist Football up to $1,000,000.  Your gift for the Marist Football Program Endowment fund will help the College achieve this goal and ensure the tradition of football continues on campus for many years to come.

For more information on these funding opportunities, please contact:

Vice President for College Advancement Christopher DelGiorno '88
(845) 575-3412