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Rutgers alumnus gives school $10M for scholarships

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In 2014, Richard N. Weeks pledged $6 million toward the construction of the Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering, which opened in September at Rutgers-New Brunswick.
In 2014, Richard N. Weeks pledged $6 million toward the construction of the Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering, which opened in September at Rutgers-New Brunswick. - ()

Richard N. Weeks, a 1950 Rutgers graduate who grew his family’s marine construction company into an industry leader, has pledged $10 million to support undergraduate scholarships at the Rutgers School of Engineering, the university announced.

The Richard N. Weeks Endowed Scholarship is the largest gift to Rutgers for scholarships and the largest ever to the engineering school.

After graduating from Rutgers, Weeks began working for his father’s company, which loaded cargo ships in New York Harbor. Upon succeeding his father in running the business, he expanded and diversified its services.

Today, Weeks Marine is a leading marine construction, dredging and tunneling firm, with operations across North America. In recognition of his contributions to engineering and business, he was inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 2017.

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David Hutter grew up in Darien, Conn., and covers higher education, transportation and manufacturing for NJBIZ. He can be reached at dhutter@njbiz.com.

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