Published 03/23/16

Agostini family gift supports links between faith and character

George Agostini’s admiration of Bryant University began a decade ago when his company, Agostini/Bacon Construction, began building student residences on the Smithfield property. Impressed by the campus culture, the University’s focus on developing ethical leaders with character, and the influence of President Ronald K. Machtley and his wife, Kati, Agostini discovered a bond that has endured.

The Agostini’s family life and business operations have always been guided by their deep Catholic faith. It is particularly important to Agostini and his wife, Mary, that today’s Christian and Catholic students have opportunities to explore and deepen their faith and build character through enhanced learning, leadership, and service opportunities.  

Creating opportunities for students to explore and deepen their faith and build character

This philanthropic vision inspired the Agostinis to make a $108,000 gift in support of Expanding the World of Opportunity: The Campaign for Bryant’s Bold Future. The two-part gift is designated for The Agostini Family Endowed Scholarship and for Christian Campus Ministry programs. Increasing access to a Bryant education through student scholarships and creating programs that enrich learning are two pillars of the campaign.

The scholarship will incorporate and permanently endow a previously established Partners in Scholarship fund Agostini created several years ago to honor his late brother, Dominic Agostini ’74. The new scholarship will help students with financial need in perpetuity.

The funds designated for Christian Campus Ministry programs will enable the University to hire a part-time staff person who will develop programs, events, and services to help Christian and Catholic students deepen their faith through service, spiritual development, and educational programming.

For example, students will participate in Bryant’s longstanding Alternative Spring Break program in Washington, D.C., and work with the Little Sisters of the Poor, Food and Friends, and similar agencies.  Spiritual development activities will include pilgrimages and retreats to local and national Catholic shrines. Educational programming will feature guest speakers sharing church perspectives on issues facing Christian and Catholic students, roundtable discussions with chaplains, and opportunities for students to make Rosary beads and pray the Rosary.

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.