Sellitto Endowment

Jun 17th, 2013 | By | Category: Advancement, Features

Pictured (left to right): Wesley College President Dr. William N. Johnston, Vice President for the Matthew C. Sellitto Foundation, Matthew T. Sellitto ’67 and Wesley College Vice President for Institutional Advancement Chris Wood

The Matthew C. Sellitto Foundation recently awarded a grant of $100,000 to Wesley College. The donation will be used as an endowed fund to provide support to underprivileged students from urban environments attending Wesley College.

Sellitto (9/30/77 – 9/11/01) was only 23 years old when his life was tragically cut short in the largest terrorist attack on American soil. His dream of working in finance came true in February 2001, when he was hired by Cantor Fitzgerald, one of the world’s foremost capital market investment banks. The company location was the World Trade Center (Tower One) in New York City.

Choosing to focus on his life rather than his death, Sellitto’s many friends and family established the Matthew C. Sellitto Foundation in 2002 to honor his life and continue his legacy. While at Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, N.J., Sellitto volunteered with underprivileged students nearby. For many young people living in urban environments who lacked economic resources, Sellitto stepped in to mentor them in orderto unlock and encourage their potential. A person of faith in God and conviction to his principles, he believed strongly in giving back. His determination to change lives continues through the foundation.

“Matthew was an inspiration to others, and we are privileged to continue his legacy,” said Wesley College President William N. Johnston.

Sellitto’s father, Matthew T. Sellitto, graduated from Wesley College in 1967. The College played a significant role in his life, and consequently, in the life of his family. He and his wife, Loreen Sellitto, who both serve as vice presidents of the foundation, have confidence in Wesley’s ability totransform lives in keeping with their son’s legacy.

“The work Wesley is doing exemplifies the mission of the foundation,” the Sellittos added. In addition to the support of Wesley College, the Matthew C. Sellitto Foundation is making additional investments to carry on Sellitto’s legacy. “It is an honor for our foundation to also support the 9/11 Tribute Center and Facing History in presenting a two-day professional workshop to assist educators in developing relevant units surrounding the events of 9/11 and the impact of these events on our future,” said Loreen Sellitto. “We see this not only as an opportunity to honor the 9/11 victims, first responders, rescue and recovery workers but also as a chance to inspire a call to service of individuals, businesses, schools and organizations.”

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