Nicholas Paggi, 24, currently of Cambridge, MA, born and raised on the Jersey Shore, passed away suddenly on April 26, 2017. Nicholas was born in Long Branch, NJ and grew up in Bayville, NJ. Nicholas was a graduate of Saint Joseph’s Elementary School, the 2011 Valedictorian of Monsignor Donovan High School in Toms River, NJ and received dual Bachelor degrees in Theoretical Physics and Computer Science in 2015 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has been a software engineer at Ab Initio in Lexington, Massachusetts for the past two years.
An article about Nick from MIT's school newspaper, "The Tech."
Nick was first and foremost a scholar. He had an amazing aptitude for science and math and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. He was a brilliant software programmer and problem solver. His code has been described as having grace and style. He rarely was seen without his trusty and colorful backpack that carried his Mac Book to capture spontaneous coding ideas and some light reading on topics such as string theory or Java classes.
This scholarship will be given to a graduating high school senior at the high school Nicholas attended, who plans on pursuing a degree in physics or computer science. The scholarship will be determined by family members of Nicholas Paggi through an essay process.