In 1973, Robert Malesardi '45 asked fellow Bucknellians to support their alma mater in an essay he wrote for the University's alumni magazine. "By giving to Bucknell, you provide the children of today the same opportunities we had to receive a superior education," he wrote.

More than four decades later, Malesardi and his wife, Doris, pledged an unprecedented $20 million to endow need-based scholarships that will help future generations of students attend Bucknell. To increase the impact of their support, the Malesardi commitment was structured as a matching-gift program to encourage other donors to pledge $100,000 or more to endowed scholarship.

Endowed scholarships provide a permanent source of funding that increases access for talented, deserving students. They make Bucknell a viable choice for those with financial need, allowing us to compete with elite institutions to recruit and enroll top students of all backgrounds. New and existing need-based endowed scholarships that qualified for the Malesardi Match will be matched $1 for every $2 contributed or pledged. For instance, a $100,000 gift will receive an additional $50,000 when matching funds become available.

Contact Mark Sharer, executive director of leadership gifts & constituent fundraising, at 570.577.3914 or