It’s not every day a student arrives on campus with their whole life tucked away into a single military duffle bag, but for Kelvin Nyamalor, a student veteran at Syracuse University, that was exactly how he arrived.
In the lives of Syracuse University Trustee Patricia H. ’64, G’66 and Louis A. ’61, G’62 Mautino, patriotism runs deep. Louis was a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps while a student at Syracuse University in the late 1950s, and Patricia comes from a family deeply devoted to service to our nation—her uncles served in the U.S. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps.
Now, with a gift to the recently announced Forever Orange campaign, the couple will help student veterans pursue their educational goals and reach their fullest potential. The Mautinos have pledged $750,000 to the campaign, including $250,000 to establish the Louis A. and Patricia H. Mautino Veteran Scholarship; the scholarship will provide financial assistance to undergraduate veteran students enrolled at Syracuse University. The remaining $500,000 will support four scholarships the Mautinos have previously established.
“We are strong believers in what the University is doing for veterans—in Chancellor Syverud’s vision and in Vice Chancellor Haynie’s leadership on the local and national levels,” Patricia Mautino says. They are also strong believers in the power of giving a “hand up” to students to help them achieve their goals.
“Pat and Lou have long been deeply committed to our university and to our nation’s veterans,” says Chancellor Kent Syverud. “We are grateful for this gift and for all they have done through the years to support our students and ensure that they have the resources they need to be successful.”