Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Honoring the Crutchers

President Ronald A. Crutcher with Betty Neal CrutcherThe Thomas Anthony Pappas Charitable Foundation recently joined other friends of the college in supporting student scholarships to honor President Ronald A. Crutcher and his wife, Betty Neal Crutcher.

The foundation’s $25,000 grant not only pays tribute to the Crutchers but also augments its existing endowed scholarship fund, the Thomas Anthony Pappas Endowed Scholarship in the Liberal Arts.

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Supporting international students

UWC DavisThe college has received a $150,000 award from the Davis United World College (UWC) Scholars Program to provide scholarship support for talented students from around the globe.

The grant will provide scholarships to students who are admitted to Wheaton from one of the 12 United World College schools, which are located in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and Central America.

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A boost for budding scientists: Jennings family looks to the future

For 40 years, chemistry professor Bojan Hamlin Jennings taught and mentored science students at Wheaton, always with the staunch support of her husband, Addison. Now she is extending that legacy by establishing two endowed funds to support today’s students.

Chemistry professor Bojan Hamlin Jennings in 2008

Chemistry professor Bojan Hamlin Jennings in 2008

The Jennings Family Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to an academically talented first-year student who intends to major in chemistry, biochemistry, physics or biology. Bojan chose to support financial aid partly because she herself benefited from scholarships—first at a private high school and then at Bryn Mawr College.

The Jennings Family Prize, awarded separately, will be given at spring convocation to the most academically stellar rising senior who is majoring in one of the natural sciences. Bojan intends the award to add distinction to the recipient’s résumé or graduate school applications. A stipend accompanying the prize will help the student fund an academic endeavor, such as a research project—a fitting honor, because Bojan pioneered the Wheaton tradition of student-faculty research. She won Wheaton’s first research grants in 1959 and conducted all of her research with students. [Read more...]

Return on investment

Christine ToroAs the associate director for Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Office of Leadership Giving, Christina “Chris” Toro ’89 appreciates the art of the donation.

She began giving back to her alma mater early on, donating annually whenever she could.

“I was only able to go to Wheaton because of scholarships, so I feel the need to pay back as much as I possibly can,” said Toro, who lives in Newton, Mass. “People in my family were instrumental in helping me get into Wheaton, and I’ve seen them all be philanthropic. I wanted to follow in that path to the best of my ability.” [Read more...]