Published 04/21/16

Class of 1985 Scholarship will have immediate impact

When over 100 members of the Class of 1985 returned to the Bryant campus for their 30 th anniversary reunion last year, they did more than break the record for reunion participation. They set an inspiring example for reunion giving.  More than half of the alumni attending made or pledged gifts in support of Expanding the World of Opportunity: The Campaign for Bryant’s Bold Future.

The class gift totaled over $7,400 and has been designated for the Bryant Partners in Scholarship Program. The Class of 1985 Scholarship will be awarded in the Fall of 2016 to a Bryant student in good academic standing with proven financial need. Increasing access to a Bryant education through student scholarships is one of the pillars of the campaign.

“We wanted to give with a purpose, and a scholarship to benefit a Bryant student makes the most immediate impact."

The record participation was the result of persistent efforts by the hardworking Class of 1985 Reunion Committee. The committee co-chairs, Beth Carter and Jay Weinberg, led the effort to motivate both attendance and giving by inviting classmates to re-create their college experience with a memory-packed “Country Comfort” weekend. Events included reminiscing at the site of a favorite campus spot in the ’80s, the “Country Club.”

Carter is a certified executive, business, and career coach; executive search consultant; and adjunct faculty member at Bryant. Her son is a member of the Bryant Class of 2018. Weinberg is president of The JAY Group, a marketing services company in Chicago. Both serve on the National Alumni Council. They credit their Bryant education and experience as a catalyst for their success and recognize the need to help future Bryant students realize the same opportunity.

Carter is proud of her classmates’ participation and hopes their example will demonstrate to other Bryant alumni that every gift – of any size – is important, needed, and appreciated. She’s also pleased with how their gift will be used. “We wanted to give with a purpose,” she explains, “and a scholarship to benefit a Bryant student makes the most immediate impact.” 


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 will generate 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.