Our Donors

Aaron Spencer

Aaron Spencer

Aaron Spencer is the Founder, Director and Chairman Emeritus of Uno Restaurant Holdings, the parent company of UNO Chicago Grill pizzerias. Mr. Spencer grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Boston University. In 1966, while a national sales manager for a children’s furniture company, he opened Boston’s first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant. He eventually opened 33 in the area, becoming one of KFC’s top franchisees. After sampling deep-dish pizza on a trip to Chicago, Mr. Spencer spent three years winning licensing rights to franchise the product nationally. in 1979, he opened the first Pizzeria Uno. In 1996, the first of his ten years on the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, he proposed a public honors college for the state. Mr. Spencer felt it should attract some of the state’s best students by matching the quality of the finest liberal arts colleges while offering the opportunities of a large research university. The board unanimously chose UMass Amherst to house the new initiative, and Commonwealth Honors College has gone on to exceed expectations in drawing exceptional students to UMass Amherst.

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Alumni and Friends of the International Scholars Program

Alumni and Friends of the International Scholars Program

Alumni and friends of the International Scholars Program contributed to the Lang Global Scholar Award, named in honor of Professor Timothy Lang. Professor Lang was the Director of the International Scholars Program from 2011 – 2017, and was an inspiring teacher and mentor to his students.

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Angelika Kratzer and Elisabeth Selkirk

Angelika Kratzer and Elisabeth Selkirk

Angelika Kratzer and Elisabeth Selkirk were both Professors of Linguistics at UMass Amherst. Angelika is a specialist in Semantics, Lisa’s area is Phonology. They are passionate about their research and their students, and they care deeply about social justice. They endowed this fund as a contribution towards making UMass Amherst a place that offers an accessible world-class education to the young residents of Massachusetts.

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Annaliese Bischoff

Annaliese Bischoff

Annaliese Bischoff was an associate professor of landscape architecture who also taught in Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She studied art and German as an undergraduate at Brown University and holds an advanced degree in landscape architecture. Bischoff taught an honors thesis project course on sustainable public art; an honors special topics seminar: “Through the Lens of a Cup;” a landscape architecture course on history and theory of the built environment; and junior year writing. She applied a five sense teaching approach in her classroom for her students to fully engage in their learning.

Bischoff didn’t plan to be a distinguished professor, world traveler, prolific leader in the sustainable landscape and public art movement, or frontrunner for women in the landscape architecture field. However with each opportunity taken, she has shaped her own career path by seeking new experiences that aligned with her personal passions in life. She encouraged her students to do the same. Bischoff remarked, “I love to help students find out what they want to do and be part of their journey.”
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Attorney Henry L. Barr,

Attorney Henry L. Barr, '68 and Mrs. Andrea R. Barr, '68

Henry L. Barr was born in Boston, Massachusetts and was admitted to the Massachusetts and Federal District Bar, 1973. He received his B.A. with honors from University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1968, and received his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1972, where he served as Editor of The Environmental Law Review. Mr. Barr went on to receive his MBA from Suffolk University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1979. After becoming a practicing attorney, he began his legal career as a Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of the Superior Court for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 1978 he was appointed to the position of Administrator of Courts for Massachusetts which he held from 1978 to 1991. Mr. Barr has served on numerous Committees and Boards including: President, Massachusetts Lender’s Association; Advisory Committee of The Judicial Training Institute; Member of Massachusetts Bar Association where he was a recipient of 21st Century Award. In the field of non-profit and philanthropy, Mr. Barr has served in numerous roles including as President of the West End Boys and Girls Club of Allston, 2001-2004; Board of Directors, UMass Amherst Foundation, 2004-Present; Board of Trustees of the Metrowest Community Health Care Foundation, 2004-Present; and Board of Advisors for the UMass Amherst center for Public Policy and Administration, 2003-Present. Mr. Barr has acted as consultant and counsel to several lending companies from 1973 to the present. Mr. Barr resides in Framingham, Massachusetts.

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Attorney & Mrs. Barr

BDIC Alumni and Friends

BDIC Alumni and Friends

A group of BDIC alumni and friends who are interested in supporting BDIC students interested in entrepreneurship contributed to the BDIC Bright Idea scholarship fund.

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Beta Kappa Phi Alpha Gamma Rho Foundation

Beta Kappa Phi Alpha Gamma Rho Foundation

The Beta Kappa Phi Fraternity has made a positive impact on the University of Massachusetts Amherst for 100 years. Today, the Beta Kappa Phi-Alpha Gamma Rho Scholarship Foundation continues that mission as a registered 501©(3) organization whose goal is to assist disadvantaged youth with financial scholarships that can help a student attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst. We endeavor to help these students with more than just one award; when a student receives an Beta Kappa Phi-Alpha Gamma Rho Scholarship they get assistance throughout their college career right up through graduation. Our focus is to honor our past by supporting excellence in education.

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Beta Kappa Phi Alpha Gamma Rho Foundation

Blauer Manufacturing Company

Blauer Manufacturing Company

The Blauer Manufacturing Company was established in 1936 and produced uniforms for safety personnel. Since then, Blauer uniforms have been legendary for their top quality construction and use of premium materials that stand up to the rain, wind, cold, and snow. Blauer garments have always been performance oriented and built to last. During 2016, Blauer will celebrate 80 years (and four generations!) of success in making top quality uniforms. Charles L. and Claire (Costa) Blauer met at UMass Amherst while attending school. Charles graduated as a member of the class of 1951 and Claire was class of 1961. Charles and Claire had four children, three of whom are UMass Amherst graduates: Michael J. Blauer, Class of 1976; Sharyn D. (Blauer) Proia, Class of 1976; and Stephen J. Blauer, Class of 1978. The Blauer Family established this scholarship fund to honor their family’s legacy at UMass Amherst and to assist students who are children of police or fire department personnel.

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Mr. Blauer

Charles Hadley

Charles Hadley

Mr. Charles D. Hadley is a 1964 graduate of UMass Amherst who majored in Political Science and went on to earn his master’s degree in Political Science from UMass in 1967 and his PhD in 1970. A native of Westfield, MA, Hadley had a long career at the University of New Orleans, working his way from Assistant Professor to Chair of the Political Science department. He created this scholarship to honor Professor Lewis C. Mainzer of the department of political science.

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Charles J. Hoff

Charles J. Hoff

Charles J. Hoff, a 1966 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, College of Management, is a highly successful entrepreneur who credits the education he received at UMass Lowell with helping him attain success in business. He received his bachelor’s degree in industrial management, with minors in accounting and management, and later earned a master’s degree in engineering management from Northeastern University.

In 1992, Mr. Hoff received the University of Massachusetts Lowell Distinguished Alumni Award, given annually to honor graduates for significant contributions to a field of knowledge or exemplary public service. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Massachusetts from 1993 to 2002 and also served on the University of Massachusetts Foundation Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees of UMass Memorial Health Care Inc. At the University of Massachusetts Lowell Commencement Ceremony in June 2004, Mr. Hoff received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. the University’s highest honor, the President’s Medal, was presented to Mr. Hoff by President Jack Wilson in May of 2008.

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CHC Alumni, Students, Parents, Faculty and Staff

CHC Alumni, Students, Parents, Faculty and Staff

The community of Commonwealth Honors College’s alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff contributed to the college’s Community Scholarship Fund.

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Classmates of David Snyder

Classmates of David Snyder

The David J. Snyder ’57 Memorial Scholarship was established by the UMass Amherst classmates and friends of alumnus David Snyder.

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Class of 1983 Anonymous Donor

Class of 1983 Anonymous Donor

The donor of the ASPIRE CHC Community Scholarship is a 1983 graduate of UMass Amherst who believes that healthcare would improve with more women physicians. The ASPIRE CHC Community Scholarship was created to support women who are pursuing careers in medicine.

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Class of 1998 Anonymous Donor

Class of 1998 Anonymous Donor

The CHC Anonymous Community Scholarship was established by a 1998 UMass Amherst graduate who is interested in supporting academically talented students with financial need.

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Colleagues and Friends of Chancellor John V. Lombardi and Mrs. Cathryn L. Lombardi

Colleagues and Friends of Chancellor John V. Lombardi and Mrs. Cathryn L. Lombardi

Colleagues and friends of UMass Amherst Chancellor John V. Lombardi and his wife, Mrs. Cathryn L. Lombardi contributed to a scholarship in their honor.

Lombardi was born into a family of educators in Los Angeles, California in 1942. His father was the president of Los Angeles City College, a California community college, and superintendent of the Los Angeles Community College District. His mother worked as a college librarian. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College in Claremont, California in 1963, and his Master of Arts and doctor of philosophy degrees from Columbia University in New York City in 1964 and 1968, respectively. He also attended the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City, where he learned Spanish while living with a Mexican family, as an undergraduate, and the University of California, Los Angeles for graduate school. While he was a graduate student, Lombardi spent several years living and researching in Venezuela as a Fulbright Scholar.

Lombardi married the former Cathryn L. Lee in 1964, whom he met while they were attending Pomona College.

Lombardi is a specialist in Latin American history, and has a particular interest in Venezuela. He has written numerous academic journal articles and several books on Venezuela and Latin American history and affairs, as well as on many university administration-related subjects. He is a nationally recognized authority on American higher education, and has been the co-editor of the annual editions of The Top American Research Universities from 2000 to the present. In addition to Latin American history classes, he has taught courses on intercollegiate sports, international business and university management. Lombardi served as Chancellor of UMass Amherst from 2002 to 2007.

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Colleagues and Friends of Dean Priscilla Clarkson

Colleagues and Friends of Dean Priscilla Clarkson

Colleagues and friends of Dean Priscilla M. Clarkson contributed to a scholarship in her memory. Born Priscilla Massei, she grew up in Worcester as the older of two children. Her late father, Edward, ran his own print shop. At UMass Amherst, she received a bachelor’s in zoology in 1969, a master’s in marine science and zoology in 1973, and a doctorate in exercise science and human movement in 1977, the year she began her teaching career as an assistant professor in the department of exercise science.

Her career spanned 36 years. She received the UMass Chancellor’s Medal in 1997 and was named a Distinguished Professor of Kinesiology in 2008. She was a fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and served as president of the New England Regional Chapter and vice-president of the national organization, among her positions. She also served as associate dean for the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences. In 2006, she was appointed Dean of Commonwealth Honors College. As dean of Commonwealth Honors College , Dr. Clarkson was the key administrator guiding to completion the College’s Residential Community, into which students moved into in fall 2013.

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Cooke Family

Cooke Family

Members of the Cooke family, which consists of several generations of UMass Amherst graduates, established the Cooke Family Fund Scholarship in memory of Robert G. Cooke, a 1925 graduate.

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David  and Leigh Weisblat

David and Leigh Weisblat

David Weisblat is a 1975 graduate of UMass Amherst. He and his wife Leigh established the scholarship in honor of his parents, Abe and Jan Weisblat.

Abe Weisblat (1919 – 1998) was an agricultural economist who emphasized networking and nourishing human capital, especially in developing countries. He was educated in the great land-grant tradition that gave birth to the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Jan Weisblat (1918 – 2011) was a linguist, educator, and antique dealer that never said “no” to an adventure. Both Abe and Janice loved western Massachusetts and knew that a strong education nourishes a person throughout life. They firmly believed that a good education should be available to all regardless of ability to pay. Both took pride in their son David and his education at UMass Amherst.

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David Hansen

David Hansen

Since receiving his Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 1974, David N. Hansen has appreciated the opportunities that his UMass Amherst education has allowed for him during his career. He is a senior executive with 26 years of experience in business management, including having managed an entrepreneurial enterprise, as well as a large complex organization.

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Diane Bissonnette Moes

Diane Bissonnette Moes

Diane E. Bissonnette Moes is a 1974 graduate of UMass Amherst. She established the Andy Moes Scholarship in memory of her late husband, the Boston radio personality, Andy Moes.

Andy Moes (1950 – 2001) had a career in Boston radio that spanned three decades. He began working for WROR (98.5) in the late 1970’s, and by 1979, he was co-hosting the morning show, a position that would last a decade. Moes went on to work for two other radio stations in Boston: WEEI (AM 590) and WRKO (AM 680). “What Andy did every morning brought him so much joy it made his life full,” his widow, Diane said. “He always told me he wished everyone else could love what they did as much as he loved what he did.”

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DiGiammarino Family

DiGiammarino Family

The Frank and Helen DiGiammarino Scholarship Fund was established by members of the DiGiammarino family, many of whom are UMass Alumni, as a way to honor their parents for their commitment to academics and community service.

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Dr. Elaine N. Marieb,

Dr. Elaine N. Marieb, '85MS, '69PhD

Dr. Elaine Marieb earned her PhD in zoology from UMass Amherst in 1969 and returned to school earning an MS in 1985. Marieb taught anatomy and physiology at Holyoke Community College for 25 years and while teaching, she enrolled in HCC’s Registered Nursing program, earning her associate degree. Her teaching and education led her to write a series of anatomy and physiology textbooks that have gone on to become international bestsellers. She is a very generous philanthropist who has made significant gifts to a number of institutions.

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Dr. Marieb

Dr. Jeffrey Leiden

Dr. Jeffrey Leiden

The University of Massachusetts Foundation created the Vertex Science Leaders Scholarship in 2013 to assist Boston high school students in their pursuit STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) higher education studies at the University of Massachusetts (UMass). Vertex is a global biotechnology company that aims to discover, develop and commercialize innovative new medicines so people with serious diseases can lead better lives. Vertex has a broad commitment to support science education with the goal of engaging our next generation of scientists.

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Dr. Jeffrey Leiden

Dr. Jess Kane,

Dr. Jess Kane, '70 and Mrs. Andrea D. Kane, '70

This scholarship was established by James and Andrea Kane. James “Jess” Kane is a founding Partner of Kane, Tesini, Soporowski & Associates, LLP. He’s from Mashpee, Massachusetts and earned degrees from UMass Amherst, BS ’70; Tufts University, DMD ’74 and Tufts University, MS, 1978. Dr. Kane has served on the UMass Amherst Foundation Board since 2003, is a lifetime member of the UMass Amherst Alumni Association and is affiliated with these organizations: UMass Club Founding Board of Governors, American Association of Orthodontics, American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, Project Stretch, Inc. and Tufts University. Andrea Kane graduated from UMass Amherst in 1970 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Andrea is a Life Member of the Alumni Association and an appointed member of the Alumni Association Board. She serves on the Programs and Services Committee and the Grants Review Committee. Andrea volunteers her time with the American Cancer Society, the Metrowest Hospital, Graceful Stitches and Project Stretch. Previously, she served as a retail manager, owned a decorating business and was a reading teacher/specialist and elementary school teacher.

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Dr. & Mrs. Kane

Dr. Kumble R. Subbaswamy and Mrs. Mala B. Subbaswamy

Dr. Kumble R. Subbaswamy and Mrs. Mala B. Subbaswamy

Higher education has played an important role in the life of the Subbaswamy family. All four members of the family – Kumble, Mala, daughter Apurva, and son Adarsh – were fortunate enough to earn graduate degrees. Chancellor Subbaswamy, through the generosity of an anonymous donor, came to the United States from India to earn a doctorate degree in physics at Indiana University Bloomington. Over the years, the promise of public research universities has remained central to the Subbaswamy family; both Kumble and Mala were employed at public universities. The family is happy to “pay it forward” by establishing this scholarship endowment to help STEM students in financial need.

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Dr. and Mrs. Subbaswamy

Dr. Maureen Flanagan,

Dr. Maureen Flanagan, '66

This scholarship was established by Maureen Flanagan, ‘66. Maureen Flanagan is founder of Express Design and Renovation LLC, a company she created after holding several executive positions at American high tech companies. In 2005 she was the Eleanor Bateman Alumni Scholar in Residence at UMass Amherst. Flanagan received a bachelor’s degree in English from UMass Amherst in 1966 and master’s and doctorate degrees in English from the University of Wisconsin. She also received a master’s degree in public administration and management from The George Washington University. Flanagan lives in Washington, D.C.

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Dr. Flanagan

Dr. Raymond D. Gozzi, Jr.,

Dr. Raymond D. Gozzi, Jr., '87

This scholarship was established by Raymond D. Gozzi, Jr. to honor his father, Raymond D. Gozzi. Dr. Gozzi, Sr. joined the English Department faculty at the University in 1958 and remained until his retirement in 1990. Dr. Gozzi, Jr. received his BA from Harvard College in 1967, an MA from UCal Berkeley in 1969 and a Ph.D. from UMass Amherst in 1987. He is an associate professor of higher education at Ithca College.

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Dr. Gozzi and Ms. Logan

Dr. Ronald E. Pearson,

Dr. Ronald E. Pearson, '66 and Dr. Joanne Pearson, '64

Joanne Miller Pearson graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1964 with a BS in Home Economics Education. She grew up in Charlton, MA, the daughter of John C. (UMass 1940) and Laola S. Miller. Upon graduation she taught home economics at West Springfield Senior High in West Springfield, MA. After three years of teaching she began graduate work at Iowa State University, where she received an MS in 1969 and a PhD in 1971. In 1985 she completed an MS in Human Nutrition and Foods from Virginia Tech. She and her husband, Ronald (UMass 1966), have lived in Blacksburg, VA since 1979. Her employment history includes work as a home economist for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Hyattsville, MD, Assistant Professor-Part Time in Home Economics at Hood College in Frederick, MD, Assistant Professor in Vocational Technical Education at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA and Associate Professor in Health Sciences-Dietetics at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. She spent the academic year 1994-95 on Faculty Leave at Wageningen Agricultural University in Wageningen, the Netherlands. She was promoted to Full Professor and retired in 1998. Following retirement she was a Fulbright Scholar at the Technical University in Chisinau, Moldova in 2001.

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Dr. & Dr. Pearson

Eva Thomson

Eva Thomson

Eva Thomson is a 1978 graduate of UMass Amherst. She majored in psychology and was a member of the University Honors Program. Her contribution to the scholarship was in honor of her psychology professor, Ervin Staub. She appreciated the intellectual rigor of the Honors Program at UMass, especially as someone who attended college later in life.

Thomson is the founder of Thomson Financial Management, based in Northampton, MA. Her career in finance spans 25 years. Prior to establishing Thomson Financial, her experience included CFO of MassVentures, a small venture capital fund, serving as a Director of a Massachusetts agency which issued tax exempt bonds for colleges and companies, as well as being the first woman director of the Bank of Western Massachusetts.

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Family and Friends of Lawrence M. Payne

Family and Friends of Lawrence M. Payne '77

Family and friends of UMass Amherst alumnus Lawrence M. Payne ’77 contributed to a scholarship in his memory. A Newton native, Mr. Payne, who was known as “Lawry,” graduated from UMass Amherst with a BA in political Science. He was also a member of the University Honors Program. He perished in an airplane crash in Croatia while on a trade mission with U.S. Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown. Before joining the U.S. Commerce Department, Payne served on the staff of Sen. Paul E. Tsongas, on the Tsongas presidential campaign in 1992, and was owner and operator of J. B. Scoops ice cream shops in Wellesley and Boston.