Donor Stories

Sean Fahey

Sean Fahey ’93 wasn’t planning to attend Duke—he didn’t think he could afford it. But as the deadline approached for his college decision, the university awarded him a full academic scholarship.

“Without that stroke of luck, my life would not be where it stands today.”

To show his gratitude, Fahey found a way to give back to his two alma maters at once. He endowed $1 million in scholarships at Duke for graduates of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) in Durham, the nation’s first public residential high school established for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. More students apply to Duke from the NCSSM than from any other school.

The Fahey Scholarship Fund provides whole or partial scholarships to Duke undergraduates who demonstrate remarkable academic achievement and financial need—the same footing on which Fahey stood as a new high school graduate.