Wildcat Stories

The JWU community is philanthropic by nature, and we love to hear what giving back means to you. Alumni, faculty, staff, parents, families, and the students who benefit from your generosity all have unique stories to tell.

Lisa Tomasulo-Capasso '86, '90
 

A first-generation scholarship student and recipient of financial aid in 1984, Lisa has established the Lisa Tomasulo-Capasso Family Endowed Scholarship.

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Vasco de Jesus Rodrigues '83
 

"Giving back is a way of thanking my professors and JWU staff for their support. Without them, success would have never knocked at my door."

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Athena Pantelas '22
 

"Johnson & Wales was a dream for me - one that was almost impossible due to finances. Scholarships help me feel motivated, and I am so thankful to be at a university that cares enough to want me to succeed. I couldn't do it without you."

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Skylar Anderson '21

"Not only is financial aid important for my education, it's essential. My scholarship allowed me to finally breathe after years of fighting to afford tuition and prove myself to the world. I cannot thank you enough for the opportunity to continue my education and for giving me peace of mind."

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David Wilson, Ph.D., '99 Hon.; P'98

The Wilson family's commitment to JWU students spans more than 25 years. When it comes to philanthropy, "the one school that ranks at the top of the list is JWU."

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John Melia '75
 

"I was one of the Vietnam veterans that JWU welcomed with open arms. I was 34 with three kids and working every day. Because I was able to obtain a degree, our lives changed, so supporting my school is a no-brainer."

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Experiential Educations & Career Services

The EE&CS team in Providence rallied together to achieve 100% staff participation on #GivingTuesdayNow. "Our team includes 11 JWU alumni and we have 260 combined years of service working at Johnson & Wales."

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Kathi Noonan
 

"Working at JWU provides me with much inspiration. I see how hard our students work to achieve their career goals and just how hard the faculty and staff work to help them achieve their goals."

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