School of Business Alumnus Gives to Make College Accessible to All

Dan Toscano '87 BUS at WNPR
Dan Toscano (’87 BUS) recording his WNPR segment. (Credit: UConn Foundation)

UConn alumnus Dan Toscano says the best part about giving to scholarships is seeing the blossoming that can happen to a student during his or her college career. “You see a career start to play out, and it started with a good foundation,” he said in a segment that will play on Connecticut NPR stations from April 20 through Memorial Day weekend.

[Listen to Toscano’s NPR segment on SoundCloud]

Toscano (’87 BUS), a UConn Foundation board member and resident of Darien, Conn., established the Joseph P. and Rose M. Toscano Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Santos and Patricia Mercado Memorial Scholarship with his wife, Tresa. Both scholarships are need-based and support students in the School of Business.

“We created these scholarships [because] we believe that helping to make college accessible to all students—especially those who didn’t come from wealthy backgrounds—can impact a family for generations,” said Toscano. “I’m thrilled to report that the fund has already helped a young man from Bridgeport become the first person in his family to graduate from college. He now has a good job as an accountant in Connecticut.”

Toscano, along with the other members of the board of directors, recently endorsed a five-year, $150 million fundraising initiative to double the amount of support the Foundation raises for scholarships and fellowships.

“Several students say, ‘I could never pay you back for this,’ and I say there’s nothing to pay back,” said Toscano. “You need to pay it forward.”