In 2019, NYU alumni and friends in greater China created the John Petach Peace Scholarship Fund, in honor of NYU alumnus, John Emil Petach Jr.

John Petach received his Bachelors in Chemical Engineering in 1939 from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Petach was a "flying tiger" -- a member of the First American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force in 1941-1942. As the Tigers were being absorbed by the US military, John?Petach stayed behind in China as a volunteer for two weeks, during this time, he was shot down and killed.

Now you can join us in honoring his legacy of bravery and humanism by contributing to our efforts in endowing permanent undergraduate scholarships at NYU Tandon School of Engineering and NYU Stern School of Business through the John Petach Peace Scholarship Fund. Students doing entrepreneurship related studies or projects, or students with interdisciplinary studies involving NYU Stern and NYU Tandon are preferred.

By December 31, 2028, we aim to raise 1 million dollars in scholarship funding. Donors will be recognized at the following levels:

  • $15,000 and above – Chairman Circle
  • $1,500 and above – Founder
  • $50 and above – Violet

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