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Support Arts and Sciences Students on Giving Day

Rutgers Giving Day: Think Big


Dear Arts and Sciences Community,

Today we continue with the third Rutgers Giving Day—the online, universitywide fundraiser—which is being extended due to yesterday’s closing of the university.

Please join me in this opportunity to support the critically important work of the School of Arts and Sciences and Rutgers University. I am making a donation in the form of a special challenge to support our neediest students.

We had a number of dedicated and devoted supporters make donations yesterday. I want to thank them for their efforts while at the same time acknowledge that we have more to do today.

As the largest school at Rutgers, Arts and Sciences should be leading the way in this fundraiser and setting an example for the rest of the university.

In previous years, Rutgers raised over $1M via gifts from more than 4,500 faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends. Our School topped the university leader board in total dollars raised.

Please visit to learn how to donate by choosing a gift account that matches your philanthropic goals. The School of Arts and Sciences has identified two accounts that have special impact on our work and upon which leader board tallies will be made this year:

1) School of Arts and Sciences Scholarship Fund

Read a story on how scholarships help our students. 

2) School of Arts and Sciences Dean's Emergency Assistance Fund

Read how this fund helps students in financial crisis 

As I mentioned above, I am donating $1,000 in the form of a dollar-for-dollar match of the first $1,000 in gifts to either fund.

The more donors who contribute to these funds, the better chance our School will have to earn additional dollars. You can check our progress on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter throughout the day. Visit to donate and choose what you would most like to support.

Thank you for the work you do every day to support Rutgers University and the School of Arts and Sciences.



Peter March's Signature 


Peter March


Peter Scholarship students 



Her Rutgers Years Paved the Way to NYC and Career in Finance

Written by John Chadwick | SAS Senior Writer

Betsy McNeilly helps Rutgers provide access and opportunity

Elizabeth “Betsy” Armstrong McNeilly was crushing it in her first year at Rutgers.

Armed with a 4.0 GPA, this hard-working daughter of Irish immigrants was mulling a bold move: transferring to an Ivy League school. She applied to Cornell University, seeking to follow in the footsteps of two older sisters, and was accepted. Then she had a realization. Her goal had always been to get to a school where she’d be surrounded by lots of smart, talented, and highly-motivated students.

She realized she was already attending one.   

“In my first year at Rutgers, I met all these impressive students who were the valedictorians at their high schools,” says McNeilly RC’85. “It dawned on me that I was already around all these super smart, incredibly hard-working people.

“There was no need to go anywhere else.”

In my first year at Rutgers, I met all these impressive students who were the valedictorians at their high schools

Indeed, the year she graduated, McNeilly (formerly Armstrong) landed nearly 80 job interviews and numerous job offers in the New York area through Rutgers career services. But the keeper was an invitation by JP Morgan Chase, formerly Chemical Bank, to join its prestigious credit training program—the equivalent of today’s intensely competitive investment bank training programs on Wall Street.

By her late 20s, McNeilly was managing a credit team at Chemical Bank, and by her 30s she was a CFO at a large, privately-held company. She also found time to earn her MBA in finance from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

Today she’s a Senior Director of Wealth Management at BNY Mellon, one of the nation’s largest wealth management firms. Looking back on it all, McNeilly credits her family, in which she was the youngest of five children, with shaping her work ethic. “My mother was the original tiger mom,” she says. “She knew instinctively that education was the basis for better opportunities.” 

At Rutgers, McNeilly built on that foundation in two principal ways.  As an economics major, she gained broad knowledge of the big picture influences on wealth creation, including government policy, politics, and global finance trends, and how human behavior shapes personal outcomes. She also learned how to think critically and extrapolate that knowledge.

NR17McNeillyElizabeth6726 noBGShe put those skills to good use. At BNY Mellon, she is a national leader in new business development.

“You have to understand factors influencing the global economy, whether interest rates or market bubbles, to anticipate business cycle booms and busts,” she said.  “My clients appreciate my extensive investment knowledge, but they also appreciate my steadiness and earnest commitment to their financial goals and personal legacy.”

She also said the Rutgers experience encouraged self-reliance and a kind of true grit.

“Here I was at this university with enormous resources,” she says. “But it was up to me to find them and make them work for me. It was very valuable to be your own change agent, to learn how to be resourceful.

“And those are skills I rely on to this day.”

McNeilly is extensively involved in community and civic affairs, including at Rutgers, where she serves on the Rutgers University Foundation Board of Overseers. She is also strong supporter of the Rutgers Future Scholars program.

“Future Scholars is a great program because it brings compassion together with the strong belief that everyone can succeed if they’re given the opportunity, access, and tools,” she says.

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