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Through scholarships, the Wadiak's choose Stevens.

Maureen and Dave Wadiak '73 credit Stevens for their success in life. Now, their generosity is creating opportunities for a new generation.

Hunter Brogan


Hunter Brogan ’22 is the kind of hardworking student Maureen and Dave Wadiak’73 envision when they think about the scholarships they support at Stevens.

Hunter grew up in Cranford, New Jersey. He majors in quantitative finance, participates as an equity research analyst in the Student Managed Investment Fund, and serves as treasurer of Delta Tau Delta. He made the Dean’s List during his first four semesters.

Receiving the Maureen & David Wadiak Scholarship during the 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years has made a difference in Hunter’s life.

“I do not come from a particularly well-off family,” Hunter said. “We struggled financially at times, and I certainly would not be able to attend Stevens without the help of the Wadiak scholarship. I know Stevens is providing me with the greatest opportunity to learn and pursue my career goals.”

Hunter also plays club lacrosse and volunteers with Imagine, a center for children coping with loss.“This is a fantastic organization,” he said. “I was trained to be a grief facilitator and assisted in child grief groups, which has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever been a part of.”

Hunter is still considering what he wants to do for his career, but he is confident he will be prepared after earning his Stevens degree. “I would like to work in the finance field, specifically equities, securitized products, or investment banking. Stevens has played a big role in assisting me in figuring out my career future. I have learned a great deal about computer programming, which was new for me compared to high school, and I learned how important a role it plays in the finance industry today.”

Like Hunter, Dave believes he benefitted from his Stevens education. After earning a degree in chemical engineering, he enjoyed a prolific career as an aerospace engineer, excelling on projects involving solid rocket propulsion for NASA, the navy and the air force.

“My career was enhanced by a Stevens education,” Dave said. “The universityprovided me with sufficient breadth of knowledge, as well as specific knowledge in my specialization field.”

Dave is now retired, and he and Maureen live near Seattle and enjoy travelling. In addition to Stevens, they support Maureen’s alma mater, Seton Hall. They are thrilledthe two universities established a dual-degree programin 2020, and they are eager to help students on both campuses.

“Dave and I are excited about the innovative program recently established by Stevens and Seton Hall,” Maureen said. “In today’s challenging economic times, it is increasingly difficult for children from working-class and middle-class families to attend a private school. Dave and I are committed to making that happen.”

Maureen and Dave are members of the Stevens Legacy Society for alumni and friends who make provisions for the university in their estate plans. Beyond supporting a term scholarship for students like Hunter, they established the Maureen and David Wadiak ’73 Endowed Scholarship, one of the most notable gifts directed toward the student successpriority during The Power of Stevens campaign.

“The young adult who wants to be a student at a college should be admired for their determination and will to improve themselves,” Dave said. “Our belief is that if you can help a struggling student make it,you have created another person who can become a mentor and support people just like him or her. You pick and choose the place that you want to give of yourself, and we chose Stevens.”

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