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First Generation Alumnus Gives Back to SXU
"My brother and I were the first generation in our family to go to college," says John DeLeonardis, M.B.A. alumnus of the Graham School of Management. Although John's father did not have a degree, he instilled in his sons the value of higher education.
"I started as a traditional student, but my father passed away when I was 20, so I had to go to work," John says. "I took night classes to complete my undergraduate degree, and then years later I went back to night school for my graduate degree. Luckily, my employer helped pay for school."
John, a retired vice president of Operations and Administration for Goldman Sachs, and his wife, Patricia, were determined to financially help the next generation of students by including Saint Xavier in their will.
"I was going to school alongside students who were like me—first-generation college students and some struggling financially," John says.
John also credits many of his Saint Xavier professors and administrators with explaining the Mercy Mission of SXU—and instilling in the M.B.A. students the importance of ethics in business and society.
Twenty-eight years after graduation, John and Patricia find themselves living the values of Saint Xavier through their generous philanthropy toward Catholic education.
"Pat and I decided to leave a legacy gift to Saint Xavier," John says. "We hope that the students who will eventually receive our scholarships will decide to help other students in need."
And with more than 90 percent of SXU students receiving financial assistance, John and Patricia's generosity will have an enormous impact on many lives.
If you want to include Saint Xavier University in your estate plan, as John and Patricia have done, please contact Anna R. Simons '03, ‘07 at 773-298-3322 or email@example.com to get started.
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