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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