The Fund-A-Scholar Program

Wily Scholars are the heart of our mission.

The cornerstone of our fundraising paradigm is the Fund-A-Scholar program, which provides multi-year funding to ensure Wily’s sustainability, a primary focus in our fifth year of fundraising. Our Fund-A-Scholar donors make a multi-year pledge of $50,000 and commit to donating $12,500 for four consecutive years, which funds the full Wily program for one student.

“I just wanted to say, I don’t know what I’d do without the Wily Network. Times like these remind me of how lucky I am to have connected with you and the program four years ago. I feel completely safe during this insane time knowing I have Wily. My heart goes out to the students in my situation who don’t have that right now.”

Chantel, Scholar

NEU '20

Wily Receives $500,000 Grant

The Daniel E. Offutt, III Charitable Trust awarded a $500,000 grant to the Wily Network in 2018. The funds were directed to the Wily Network’s Fund-A-Scholar  program to support 10 additional Scholars for 4 years starting in 2019. “Dan was interested in fostering education and the Trustee, knowing Judi King, realized that there was little to no support after tuition and board for those less fortunate. Therefore, this extraordinary support is a necessity for students to focus on their education,” says Richard Orenstein, the foundation’s Trustee.

Daniel Edward Offutt, III was born in Oakland, Maryland, in 1931. Dan attended the Hun School and the Lawrenceville School, both in Princeton, New Jersey. He served in the army until 1956. He graduated from the University of Maryland and received an MBA from Columbia University in 1965. Dan’s career was as a stock trader, mostly for his own account, and last at EF Hutton & Co., from which he retired to move to Weston, Connecticut.

Dan would have described himself as a “farmer,” but he was much more than that. Those who knew him would remember him (in no particular order) as a tennis player, traveler, sailor, metal sculptor, woodworker, fixer of anything, collector of everything, lover of projects, stock market investor, and a good friend. A favorite expression of Dan’s was, “I’ve never met a successful pessimist.”

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We’re so grateful to the Daniel E. Offutt, III Charitable Trust for this extraordinary gift. The Fund-A-Scholar program provides all of the necessary tools and support systems for our Scholars as they navigate college without a safety net: one-on-one coaching, financial assistance, community-building and networking opportunities. Beginning in 2019, we are able to support  10 additional Scholars for four years.

Judi Alperin King

Executive Director, The Wily Network