In 2004, Jerome and Lorraine Aresty pledged $4 million toward the establishment of a program to encourage and support undergraduate research at Rutgers-New Brunswick. Jerome, a 1951 Rutgers College graduate, and his wife, Lorraine, recognized the importance of connecting accomplished faculty members with bright undergraduates beyond the confines of the classroom. The Aresty Research Center for Undergraduates was created. Since the 1970s, Mr. and Mrs. Aresty have made extraordinary contributions to many of Rutgers’s programs and facilities including the Zimmerli Art Museum, the Alexander Library, the Henry Rutgers Scholars Fund, the Rutgers College Academic Excellence Fund, and athletics.
In 1992, they established their first scholarship program, the Jerome and Lorraine Aresty Scholarship; and in 2001, they created the Jerome and Lorraine Aresty Undergraduate Research Scholars Program which provides funds for students conducting Henry Rutgers Scholars theses. The generosity of Jerome and Lorraine Aresty helps some of Rutgers’ most talented students use the strong scholarly foundation acquired during their undergraduate years to establish themselves as mature and independent thinkers and scholars.