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, it is structured as a matching-gift program. || Related: Match giving exceeds $12 million.

Why are endowed scholarships so important?

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.

What will the Malesardi Match do?

The Malesardi Match will increase the number of endowed, need-based scholarships and increase financial aid dollars for students.

Who is eligible for the match?

Donors who make commitments of $100,000 or more to new or existing need-based endowed scholarship are eligible. || Learn about recent Malesardi Match donors.

How does the matching program work?

For every $2 contributed or pledged, $1 will be matched. For example, a $100,000 gift will receive $50,000 in matching funds toward the donor’s need-based scholarship.

How do I learn more?

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

Meet the Malesardi Match Donors

Robert Chrencik '73

Robert Chrencik '73

When Robert Chrencik '73, president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical System, learned of the Malesardi Match for endowed scholarships, he immediately made a new commitment toward his existing endowed scholarship fund.

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