Penn State College of Engineering Penn State College of Engineering

David S. Suarez Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline:



IE, Hispanic


Ask anyone who knew David Suarez (IE '99) and they'll tell you the same thing: he cared. Although the 24-year-old Suarez died during the World Trade Center attack on Sep. 11, 2001, a scholarship created with a $50,000 gift from the Starr Foundation will continue Suarez's legacy of caring. The "David S. Suarez Memorial Scholarship," will benefit full-time Penn State students majoring in Industrial and Manufacturing engineering who are also active members of their communities.

Ted Suarez, David's father, said that his son always wanted to help those who were less fortunate. He reached out to people in a very warm and genuine way. Everyone remembered his smile. From a little boy, he had a smile that was very endearing.

David Suarez was born in Dover, NH, and graduated from West Windsor-Plainsboro High School in New Jersey in 1995. An active student, Suarez's achievements included serving as co-captain of the wrestling team and attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. As an industrial engineering student at Penn State, Suarez quickly impressed those he came in contact with. Faculty members admired his work ethic in the classroom and friends recalled his enthusiasm and dedication. A member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Suarez was credited for his key role in recruiting one of the fraternity's largest pledge classes in recent memory. His efforts earned him an honorary Starr Foundation Scholarship, which is given to students on the basis of academic ability and personal promise. Scholarship winners who do not have financial need, such as Suarez, are declared honorary grantees and receive no monetary award.

After graduation, Suarez went to work for Deloitte Consulting in Chadds Ford, PA. Considered a top performer by both his company and the clients he served, he was promoted to systems consultant. Despite his dedication to his work, Suarez made time to help others. He volunteered for New York Cares, a nonprofit group, worked in soup kitchens, and tutored high school students to prepare them for the college entrance exams. He was also planning to obtain his MBA, and began working on applications to colleges with the hope of attending Harvard. At the time of the attack, Suarez was working with client Marsh & McLennan on the 99th floor of the World Trade Center's north tower.


Full-time UG Students
enrolled or planning to enroll in Industrial Engineering
Achieved superior academic records
Consideration may be given to those whose ethnic, cultural and/or national background contribute to the diversity of the student body.
Involved in public service or extracurricular activities.

Terms of Award:

Completed FAFSA form on-line.
Indicate ethnic background
Submit Resume and Letter of Recommendation

Please Submit:

Application to; Office of Diversity, 208 Hammond Building, 16802
Essay on why you are interested in applying, your interests and commitment to your communities by involvement in public service, extracurricular activities or similar endeavors

Online Application: