Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

My Gift. My Way.

Jeffrey Banks ’94Jeffrey Banks ’94

  • High school mathematics and special education teacher, Boston Public Schools
  • Deacon, First Church Somerville, UCC
  • Selected Most Loved Teacher by the Class of 2015 at his high school

“Wheaton changed my life. When I arrived on campus in August 1990, I was a scared and lost 19-year-old. But when I left in May 1994, I was a different person. The students, staff, professors, and the experiences I was able to have during my time at Wheaton all had a major impact on my life and who I was becoming. I am still close to many of the staff, classmates and members of other classes to this day. I was raised in a family where giving back was something both my parents did without question, and they raised my brothers and me to do the same. So soon after I graduated in 1994, I changed the beneficiaries of my life insurance policy and added Wheaton. And when I created a will, adding Wheaton to the list of beneficiaries was again an easy choice. Recently, when I updated my will after buying a home in Malden, Mass., I spent time reflecting on the nearly 25 years I have been connected to Wheaton and the profound impact it has had (and still has) on my life. This reflection included the fact that one of my own former high school students just started at Wheaton as a member of the Class of 2019, nearly 25 years after I started my Wheaton journey. I could not be more proud of my Wheaton connections. My amazing classmates, fellow alums and volunteers, the caring staff who always greet me as a member of the Wheaton family, have all impacted me in ways that words cannot describe. The education I received at Wheaton has allowed me to be, in my humble opinion, as good a teacher as I can be in Boston. Remembering Wheaton in my estate plan is one way for me to repay the college, honor its history and help sustain its future.”

Your gift. Your way.

Learn how you can give for the future right now. Call the Office of Gift Planning at 508-286-3459 or visit online at wheatoncollege.edu/gift-planning.

 

My gift. My way.

Irene Castelot Bradford ’79Irene Castelot Bradford ’79

  • Leadership coach and writer
  • Married for 14 years to Bob Bradford; stepmother of two, grandmother of one

“Wheaton remains one of my most precious experiences. As excited as I was to begin my education at Wheaton, I felt lost as I ventured into the world. Wheaton supported me academically and emotionally and helped me build a strong foundation for my life. I learned life skills that inform my coaching men and women seeking to take their leadership skills to the next level. The friends I made at Wheaton are very special to me, and I continue to make new Wheaton friends today. None of this would have been possible without financial aid, and for that I am very grateful. My husband, Bob, and I value education highly and give to Wheaton to fund scholarships for those who are inspired by the college’s mission and need funds to realize their dream. Our current scholarship pledge allows us to meet the students who make up the face of Wheaton today. We will continue our commitment to Wheaton through current scholarships as well as through a legacy from our family trust for future students.”

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Learn how you can give for the future right now.
Call the Office of Gift Planning at 508-286-3459 or visit wheatoncollege.edu/gift-planning.

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Giovinella Gonthier ’72Giovinella Gonthier ’72

  • (1949–2012)
  • Former Ambassador of the Republic of Seychelles to the United Nations and to the U.S.
  • Wheaton College honorary degree recipient, 1985
  • Beloved wife of Roger Wilson

Roger Wilson: “Many years ago I bought two whole-life insurance policies and designated my wife as the beneficiary in the event that I predeceased her. I have always felt that the benefits of these policies really belonged to her. Since she will not receive them, due to her passing away before me, I decided to donate the policies to Wheaton’s scholarship fund in her name. In a sense, Giovinella is passing on her benefits to other worthy Wheaton students. As a high school student from a relatively poor family in Tanzania in the 1960s, she was the first in her family to apply for a college education and the first to apply to a college in the United States. She was always very grateful that Wheaton accepted her application, awarded her a scholarship, and provided her with an excellent education. More importantly, since she could not afford to travel to Tanzania to visit her family during her four years at Wheaton, she appreciated the many welcoming members of the Wheaton community who took her in during holidays and vacations. In 2012 I established a scholarship fund in her honor that is to be used to pay for the Wheaton education of students born in Africa. It is my hope that the benefits of these life insurance policies can be used to enhance this scholarship fund.”

Your gift. Your way.

Learn how you can give for the future right now. Call the Office of Gift Planning at 508-286-3459 or visit online at wheatoncollege.edu/gift-planning

My gift. My way.

 Annsley Chapman Strong ’69

Annsley Chapman Strong ’69

  • Co-founder and consultant, Strong Studio Designs
  • Celebrating Children honoree, with George Strong Jr., Dodger Stadium, 2014
  • Married 40 years to George Strong Jr., mother of four, grandmother of seven

“I grew up at Wheaton. It was my first ‘solo’ venture. My family and community had provided my foundations and guideposts, but Wheaton exposed me to real-life challenges and the tools to navigate them. It was one thing to be told by your family that you could do anything; Wheaton showed me how. In teaching me to view everything from multiple perspectives, the college ensured a lifetime of learning. We began with critical-thinking strategies and then took those strategies out into the daylight. So, when I give to an institution, I look at it as Wheaton taught me: I need to believe in both its core competencies and the institution’s ability to implement and follow through on them. As technology has accelerated our global capabilities, we must also fundamentally understand the cultures from whence they came, to provide leadership appropriate to all. Wheaton has shown its willingness to risk departure from traditional classroom learning in order to embrace and impact a broader audience. I hope, by including Wheaton in my will, that we will continue to test what works and motivates on multiple levels, and build on those efforts to produce more effective leaders.”

Your gift. Your way.

Learn how you can give for the future right now.

Call the Office of Gift Planning at 508-286-3459 or visit online at wheatoncollege.edu/gift-planning.