Impact of Giving

Published 09/29/17

Parents of alumnus establish endowed scholarship

Roger and Pat Messier P'14 established a three-year Partners in Scholarship Fund at Bryant as their son, Bruce Fisher-Messier ’14, was completing his oRogerPat Messierwn Bryant education. They were impressed with the University’s leadership, faculty, students, and campus and further inspired by the action Roger’s high school classmates had taken some years earlier at their 50th class reunion.

“One of my classmates proposed that we raise funds for a scholarship to help a local student and that seemed like a good idea,” explains Roger.

ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP WILL “GIVE, GROW, and GO ON FOREVER”

An astute businessman and the president of Butler & Messier , Inc. Insurance, Roger recognizes the wisdom of a good investment. He watched the value of the endowed fund he and his classmates started continue to grow, even with years of annual awards.

The Messiers met with Jacob Rich ’18, an accounting major from Cranston, RI, who received the Messier Family Partners in Scholarship Fund award and saw first-hand the impact of their $2,500 annual gift. Rich maintained a 3.8 GPA and completed summer internships with Citizens Bank and PwC. “We could see how much it helped,” says Roger. “It wasn’t taking very much out of us but it was very helpful to him.”

When the opportunity to create a new endowed scholarship was presented, the Messiers were glad to step up. “We decided to create an endowed scholarship at Bryant with the idea that it would continue to give and grow and go on forever. That’s what appealed to Pat and me,” Roger notes.

BIG DIFFERENCE TO THOSE NEEDING A LITTLE HELP

The Roger and E. Patricia Messier Family Endowed Scholarship Fund will provide support to a Rhode Island undergraduate student enrolled in the College of Business. Special consideration will be given to students from the Blackstone Valley Corridor, the geographic hub where Messier’s business has thrived since 1903.

“Bryant’s a wonderful school,” agrees Pat. “Hopefully our gift will make a big difference to the people who need a little help,” adds Roger. “It will relieve them of a little worry about how they’re going to raise that $2,500 this year.”

Expanding the World of Opportunity: The Campaign for Bryant’s Bold Future is the largest fundraising effort in Bryant’s history. The $75 million campaign is generating the resources the University needs to achieve the transformative goals of Bryant’s Vision 20/20 strategic plan and rise to new levels of excellence and national prominence.