Continuing a family legacy of generosity for higher education
For Skip Hebert ’72 and his wife, Katherine, higher education is an inseparable part of their family heritage. “Education is very important in both of our families,” explains Hebert. “Both my grandparents and my wife’s grandparents created trust funds for each of their grandchildren’s college education as they were born,” he adds, recognizing what a significant gift that was. That’s why the Heberts have made a $10,000 pledge to Bryant’s Partners in Scholarship Fund, in support of 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.
"This is our way to provide a significant bump up in aid for students looking for scholarships.”
The scholarship is named in honor of Hebert’s grandfather, Felix Hebert, a former U.S. senator representing Rhode Island who was awarded an honorary degree by Bryant in 1932. It’s the second time they have funded a scholarship for Bryant students in his name. This one also is designated for graduates of Attleboro High School.
“My wife was a career teacher at Attleboro High School and helped many students compose essays for $100 and $200 scholarships they all hunted around for,” says Hebert. “We were very fortunate and many students don’t have the opportunity we did. This is our way to provide a significant bump up in aid for students looking for scholarships.”
Skip earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Bryant. He is a Certified Public Accountant and president of Trans Tex in Cranston, RI, a world leader in printing designs on narrow webbing and ribbon used in consumer applications such as lanyards, shoelaces, key fobs, luggage straps, and pet products. Katherine taught at Attleboro High School for nearly 30 years and served as chair of the English Department. Following her retirement, she coordinated the mentor program there and taught in the Secondary Education Department at Salve Regina University for several years.
The Heberts have met with Bryant students who have benefitted from their scholarship gifts and are impressed by the encounters. “It’s a treat to meet them and hear about what they see in the world,” says Hebert.