Dave Rossetti, BS ’74, and Jan Avent created the New Mexico Endowed Scholarship to make a Washington University education accessible to more students in their community, and they have issued an ongoing challenge to their fellow alumni, parents, and friends living in New Mexico.

How the challenge works

The Dave Rossetti and Jan Avent New Mexico Scholarship Challenge has already provided more than $100,000 in funding to match new gifts and multi-year commitments to the New Mexico Endowed Scholarship.

New gifts to the scholarship will be matched 2:1, and multi-year commitments will be matched 4:1. Gifts of any amount count toward the challenge. Gifts must be directed to the New Mexico Endowed Scholarship Fund to receive matching dollars.

This scholarship will help to ensure that Washington University is an option for bright students from New Mexico who have challenged themselves academically and personally. The New Mexico Endowed Scholarship is open to qualified New Mexico students who accept an offer of admission from Washington University.


Jason W. RolandRegional Director of Advancement

About the donors

Dave Rossetti, BS ’74, and Jan Avent believe that cost should never be a barrier to an exceptional education. Since moving to New Mexico, they have been encouraging high-achieving students from local high schools to attend Washington University in St. Louis.

“Jan and I are believers in transforming lives of deserving students through scholarship support. We have become very passionate about making a difference in New Mexico, especially in the lives of extraordinary high school students. We are confident that other New Mexico alumni, parents, and friends feel the same.”

Dave Rossetti, BS ’74