Supporting Aspiration and Achievement

Theo Blount“It is with great pride that I put a smile on my face and say thank you because without  donors like you, it would not have been possible for a student like me to be able to do all of this and perform to the best of my ability.” Theophilus Blount ’13 (pictured right) shared these words with those gathered for the university’s 2013 Scholarship Brunch in the spring.

Blount, a McNair Scholar who received his BS degree in business and information systems in May, is working at Boeing while pursuing a PhD degree part-time. He was one of two student speakers introduced by NJIT President Joel S. Bloom, who said that the most important aspect of the annual event is for scholarship recipients to get to know their scholarship donors in person.

Elaine GomezAlso speaking was biomedical engineering major Elaine Gomez ’14 (pictured left), an Albert Dorman Honors Scholar, McNair Scholar who has received a Barry M. Goldwater Honorable Mention for excellence in undergraduate research. She has also interned at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and placed first at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers student poster session. Gomez personally expressed her gratitude to her Honors College Scholarship donors, Ruth and Peter Metz.

“My passion for research has always motivated me academically, and I knew that NJIT would be the ideal university where I could achieve my dreams with the help of scholarships,” Gomez said. “I would not be here today, starting the process of applying to graduate schools with a program in alternative energy catalysis, if it were not for the support I received.”

Scholarship donors and many other students who benefit from their generosity in addition to Blount and Gomez gathered along with university administration and staff in the Campus Center for the 25th annual event. In 2013, private scholarship aid amounted to more than $2.6 million and helped nearly 930 students.

Ronni Fleisher MolinariGuest speaker Ronni Fleisher Molinari (pictured right) shared memories of the legacy of her late grandparents, Seymour “Zoom” Fleisher '51 and Estelle Fleisher. When Zoom Fleisher passed away in 2011 at the age of 88, NJIT and its students, including its student-athletes, lost a great friend and benefactor. For more than 60 years after his graduation, Zoom Fleisher stayed close to his alma mater and its athletics program, lending broad-based support over those six-plus decades. It was a longtime commitment that Estelle shared with equal concern and enthusiasm.

For more information about establishing and supporting scholarships at NJIT, contact: Darlene Lamourt, Director of Donor Engagement at 973-596-3403 or