Celebrating a Tradition of Opportunity that opens doors to the world:
Investing in student scholarship and financial aid
Many of Fairfield’s alumni are the first in their families to attend college and come from diverse social and economic backgrounds. And many of our alumni were only able to attend our University because generosity towards Fairfield made it financially possible.
Doors were opened, careers, families and life-long friendships launched, all in the spirit of the magis — doing more for others. At the same time, we seek to attract top students through merit awards and other scholarships that will allow them support for academic research and projects. These awards build Fairfield’s reputation as a destination University for students of unique promise and ability.
All across the country major economic shifts have significantly impacted the affordability of a college education.
To address this reality, increasing scholarship is a key University priority.
Jesuit education has always been inspired by this vision — to form men and women to become leaders. Providing a world-class education to men and women regardless of their circumstances is a proud Fairfield tradition. It is in our DNA.
Since 1960, Fairfield University has recognized its most accomplished alumni, faculty and staff for professional
and personal achievements. We celebrate these individuals at the Fairfield Awards Dinner, which has raised
more than $15 million dollars for scholarships to expand access to higher education for students from diverse
Individual Tickets - $500
Young Alumni Tickets (classes of 2006 - 2015) - $250
Save the date:
2016-03-31 18:00:00 2016-03-31 21:00:00 America/New_York Fairfield Awards Dinner Save the Date New York City
Fairfield Awards Dinner Co-Chairs are Douglas W. Hammond ’86 chairman/CEO at NFP who resides in Cold Spring Harbor, New York and William A. Malloy ’80, P’17,’11 of New York, New York who serves as partner at Aquiline Capital Partners LLC.
Alumni Professional Achievement Award: Patricia E. Glassford ’85 is vice president & chief financial officer at GE Energy Management. Previously, she held a number of finance leadership roles including EVP and CFO NBC Universal Film and Parks, SVP and CFO NBC TV Stations and NBC West Coast, manager, Finance GE Plastics Commercial and Manufacturing, and executive audit manager. Glassford graduated from Fairfield University with a B.S. in Finance in 1985 and GE's Financial Management Program (FMP) in 1988. She lives in Stamford, Connecticut.
Alumni Service Award: Andrew M. Davis ’89, Matthew McLaughlin ’89 and Joseph Solimine, Jr. ’89, are three friends who created the Michael R. Andrews ’89 Scholarship in May of 2005 to commemorate their fellow alumnus whose life was tragically taken during the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. To date, a remarkable amount of nearly $500,000 has been raised in Mike’s honor at an annual golf outing and other signature events stewarded by the trio. Andrew M. Davis '89 is a commercial finance manager at PA Consulting Group and lives in Fanwood, New Jersey; Matthew McLaughlin ’89 is a vice president/general sales manager at Fox Stations Sales and lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey; and Joseph Solimine, Jr. ’89 is chief executive officer at Meridian Risk Management and lives in Pelham, New York.
Distinguished Faculty/Administrator Award: Carole Ann Maxwell P’02, director of Choral Music at Fairfield University since 1980, is an award-winning conductor of collegiate, community and professional choral ensembles. She also serves as the artistic director and conductor of the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut and the chorus master for Connecticut Grand Opera and Orchestra. A current resident of Trumbull, Connecticut, she was inducted into the prestigious Jesuit Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu in 2012.
Parent Leadership Award: William and Margaret Atwell P ’08 are the parents of Christopher Atwell ’08, a business major and lacrosse player, whose education they believe was transformative. Since their son’s time on campus, they have both been actively involved in the vision for Fairfield’s future. Together, they created the Margaret M. Atwell Scholarship dedicated to female students at the Dolan School of Business. William, managing director at Atwell Partners LLC, served as the chairman of the Board of Trustees from 2012-2015. They are residents of Darien, Connecticut.
Honorary Alumnus Award: George E. Diffley P’97, ’96 served as vice president of Fairfield’s Advancement Division for 30 years until his retirement in 2006. Diffley was appointed to head the division in 1975 and lead the institution through its first two capital campaigns among many endeavors that allowed Fairfield remarkable success in fundraising. A recipient of the Rev. Barry M. McGannon, S.J. Award from the Jesuit Advancement Administrators, Diffley currently serves as special assistant to University President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S. J. Diffley is a longtime Fairfield, Connecticut resident.
On March 26th, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt in NYC, the largest attendance in 15 years of over 700 alumni, parents, and friends raised $1.35 million for scholarship at Fairfield.
For additional information about the 2016 Awards Dinner, please contact Carla Supersano Sullivan '88 or Cindy Russo or call (203) 254-4000, ext. 2927.