Published 06/10/16

Arthur and Carole Sukel: Grateful alumni model three ways to give

Arthur Sukel ’60 and his wife Carole (Oliner) Sukel ’59 deeply appreciate the role Bryant University has played in their lives – and their philanthropy affirms that gratitude. They give to the University in three distinctive and important ways – through ongoing annual gifts that place them on the Bryant Leadership Council; the establishment of a $50,000 endowed scholarship; and, most recently, with a bequest intention of $100,000 that will be added to their scholarship fund.

Current or former foster children are the ideal recipients of the Sukels' endowed scholarship.

“We met at Bryant and married 12 days after I finished my classes,” recalls Arthur, who majored in accounting and finance after three years of U.S. Army service. “And Bryant definitely set me up for success in my career.”

“As I look back,” says Carole, “I see my years at Bryant as among the best in my life. It was where I learned who I was and who I wanted to be. It was a very special time in a very special place.”

Carole completed Bryant’s secretarial science program and worked with advertising giant Young and Rubicon and ITT before becoming a full-time mother and homemaker. Arthur spent 23 years in various financial roles with CBS, Inc., also earning a Master of Business Administration degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  He later became an executive with CBS Publishing, ultimately purchasing the magazine business and reselling it as part of a group of savvy investors.

The Sukels’ annual giving, endowment gift, and bequest intention all support Expanding the World of Opportunity: The Campaign for Bryant’s Bold Future. Increasing access to a Bryant education through student scholarships is one of the pillars of the campaign. The Carole and Arthur Sukel Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to a Bryant undergraduate enrolled in the College of Business who has significant financial need. Preference will be given to a student who is or has been a foster child.

The Sukels became aware of the significant challenges some 400,000 U.S. foster children face through the work of a nonprofit agency in their Florida community. Though 84% of foster youth want to attend college, only 20% do so and less than half complete their studies and earn a degree.

“Foster children don’t have the backing of their parents or the finances they need to attend college,” explains Arthur. “We can’t give them parental support, but we can help with the cost. The scholarship is a good way to thank Bryant for the opportunity they gave us.”

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.