The Impact of Annual Giving to the Promise Fund

The students below have experienced the generosity of annual fund donors. As Promise Fund Scholarship recipients, these students were able to focus their energy on academics at NYU Tandon School of Engineering where they continue to pursue their passions in the fields of science, technology, mathematics and engineering.

Christine Pembroke

A Civil Engineering major and a member of the Class of 2014, Christine Pembroke is a student ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at NYU School of Engineering as well as a member of the National Society for Black Engineers and Engineers without Borders. In the spring of 2011, Christine even had the opportunity to display her vocal skills when she sang the National Anthem on the stage of Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center during commencement exercises.

Christine’s drive is what brought her to us, but the Promise Scholarship that she received is what allowed her to enroll. Without the annual support of the Promise Scholarship Fund from our alumni and friends, Christine would not have been able to attend NYU School of Engineering.

Jack Poon

As a Mechanical Engineering major and member of the Class of 2012, Jack takes his studies very seriously. By his sophomore year, he was taking junior level classes, participating in NASA’s Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities program with a team of peers and had become president of the NYU School of Engineering's Robotics Team. By his junior year, Jack had risen into a leadership position within the Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities program and had accepted a position as an intern with Makerbot Industries.

Without financial assistance provided by annual gifts to the Promise Scholarship Fund, Jack’s story at NYU School of Engineering would have been much different. The financial relief provided by his promise scholarship allowed Jack to devote time outside of the classroom to extra-curricular activities rather than working at a part-time job to pay for tuition.

The Impact of Annual Giving to the Polytechnic Fund

The Polytechnic Fund provides unrestricted support to the Institute where it is needed the most. Gifts made to the Polytechnic Fund provide a vital source of revenue to the Institute, allowing NYU School of Engineering to offer students and faculty the state-of-the-art space needed to invent, innovate and bring ideas to fruition.

Contributions to the Polytechnic Fund also provide the necessary resources for NYU School of Engineering to attract first-rate faculty. In June 2011, we announced the appointment of David Miller, former Toronto major and leader of the group of the world’s largest cities fighting climate change, as Future of Cities Global Fellow. The appointment will include lecturing, course design and strategic roles for the former chair of the influential C-40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

The Polytechnic Fund also supports opportunities like research and internship programs. Since its inception in 2007, the Undergraduate Summer Research Program has acted as a place for students to conduct lab work when many of their peers have hung up their lab coats for the summer. In 2011, the 10-week program hosted over 45 students who, besides conducting lab work, heard faculty presentations, gave their own presentations to peers and mentors and learned about a variety of topics, such as patents and advancing on to graduate programs.