Published 12/12/13

High impact: giving to scholarships

Excerpted from the Fall 2013 Bryant magazine

“When you write a check for scholarships, you know your money is actually going to do something for the student, for his or her future, and for the world,” says Joanna T. Lau ‘97H , CEO of Lau Technologies, currently serving her fifth term as a member of Bryant University’s Board of Trustees.

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The combined impact of philanthropic giving toward scholarships is powerful. Thanks to support for endowed named scholarships, individual gifts, the Trustee Scholarship Fund and President’s Scholarship Fund, thousands of students have been able to take part in Bryant’s transformational education. This year alone, the Trustee Scholarship Fund awarded 124 students scholarships averaging more than $21,000.

"When you write a check for scholarships, you know your money is actually going to do something for the student."

  • When Don A. DeAngelis , CEO of Murdock Webbing Co., Inc., and his wife, Marjorie , considered how to best give back to the community, the path was clear: “We’ve long believed in the power of education; there is no better way to help others,” says DeAngelis, who served as a member of Bryant’s Board of Trustees from 1982-1991. He recently took his generosity to a new level by establishing the Marjorie and Don DeAngelis Endowed Scholarship to help a student from Rhode Island attain a Bryant education. Its current recipient, Luisa Montoya ’15, will be the first in her family to graduate from college.
  • Ursula and Gordon Riblet P ’97 have participated in almost every aspect of philanthropy on campus. They were active ambassadors during their son Marc’s undergraduate years and have continued their commitment to Bryant scholarship support since his graduation – inspired by their son’s professional success: he’s currently director of research and operations at The Onstott Group, an executive search firm.
  • Edmund J. Brown ’50 , co-founder of Crystal Thermoplastics, is remembered by his eight nieces and nephews for his can-do approach and zest for life. In tribute to their uncle who mentored them in education, business, and their careers, the family established the Edmund J. Brown Jr. Memorial Endowed Scholarship after his death in 2012.
  • Stephen L. Tully Jr. ’98 , director of client services for Cantillon Capital Management LLC, recently decided to expand his annual philanthropic giving, establishing the Tully Family Endowed Scholarship to provide student-athletes with the same opportunities he enjoyed at Bryant. “I wanted to have an impact that will be greater than me and that will be ongoing,” he says.
  • Businessman Paul Arpin ‘87H, former chairman and CEO of the Arpin Group, long believed in the value of a Bryant education. He established a scholarship fund for Bryant students in 1987 and contributed regularly to it before his death in 2010. To date, 24 students have benefited from the Paul Arpin Scholarship Fund.
  •   Paul DeLomba ’60 attended Bryant on the G.I. Bill. An accounting major, he graduated summa cum laude and embarked on a 30-plus year career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he became the first Bryant graduate to be named partner at the firm. Acutely aware of the challenge many students face paying for a college education, he and his wife Ruth —also a 1960 Bryant graduate—have grown their scholarship support into the Paul V. ’60 and Ruth L. ’60 DeLomba Endowed Scholarship Fund.
  • One longtime member of the Bryant community, Roberta “Berta” Hysell, former director the Intercultural Center, is remembered for making multicultural and international students feel truly welcome at Bryant. Now retired, she continues to support students through the Berta Hysell and Friends Multicultural Endowed Scholarship Fund. To date, 46 donors have contributed to the fund, helping five students attain a Bryant education since its 2007 launch.