Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

My gift. My way.

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.”

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 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.”

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

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Pamela Harris Johnston '65Pamela Harris Johnston ’65

  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute president and member of the Libraries Advancement Council at the University of Oregon
  • Married to Roy Johnston, mother of four, grandmother of four

“In advance of my 50th class Reunion, which will be in May, I fulfilled a dream to endow a named scholarship at Wheaton in honor of my parents, John and Elizabeth Harris. Although fully funding a scholarship is beyond my reach currently, I realized I could make a bequest with a gift through estate planning. Like my parents, I believe that an excellent liberal arts education helps one to live life abundantly and make a difference in the world. As an educator and advancement officer at both private and public universities, I am delighted to see how Wheaton has evolved and continues to thrive. The college offers many opportunities to a broad spectrum of students for scholastic and experiential learning, research, independent study, service, study abroad, and on-campus activities. The experience of a strong liberal arts education is why I have stayed involved with Wheaton over the years through area alumnae/i groups, leadership weekends, campaigns and Reunions. My goal is to give future students the benefit of a Wheaton education, and to establish a legacy of giving for my own children and grandchildren.”

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

Audrey MacLeod Schneiderman ’48

My Gift My Way SchneidermanMarried for 39 years to the late Howard Schneiderman; mother of two 

University of California medal recipient

Although it has been 66 years since my graduation, I still feel close to Wheaton. I continue to be connected to the lifelong friends I made, and I have enjoyed the many Reunions I have attended. As a student, I was grateful beyond words to receive a four-year full scholarship, and surprised and thankful at graduation to receive a grant from Wheaton to help pay for graduate school. No wonder my heart has belonged to Wheaton all my life. Through the years, my late husband, Howard, and I had a goal to give something back each year, to thank Wheaton for my wonderful education. One year, Howard established an endowed scholarship in my name as a birthday present. I, now, in return, support an annual Wheaton Fund scholarship in his name. Wheaton also is in my estate plans, and I am making gifts right now through my IRA. My hope is that in the future these gifts will benefit students, so that they, too, “may have life and may have it abundantly.”

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.