Theresa may reside in Maine but a piece of her heart will always be at Villanova. She attends at least one Villanova Basketball game each year and is a loyal donor to the Villanova Annual Fund (and a member of the Villanova Loyalty Society). For her, the reason she gives back is simple: she wouldn’t have been able to attend Villanova without the financial aid she received, including scholarships and work-study funding. “I consider myself very fortunate to have attended Villanova,” she says. “My parents could not have afforded my tuition on their own.”
At Villanova, Theresa kept a busy schedule: In addition to class, work-study hours and another part-time job, she also participated in student activities like Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and the Special Olympics Fall Festival, and was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority.
After completing her degree in Political Science, Theresa attended law school—an opportunity she credits to hard work and Villanova’s strong academic reputation. Now, she wants other students to benefit from the same generosity that supported her achievements. “Once I got into law school, I told myself that I would give back to Villanova when I could—and now I can. I like knowing that every dollar counts toward providing someone else the opportunity to obtain an excellent education,” she says.
Continuing the Villanova tradition of service, Theresa also lends her time to Villanova. She manages the Villanova University Class of 1992 Facebook page and participates in the Alumni Interview program, which allows her to connect with prospective students and potential scholarship recipients. When her class celebrated their 20th Reunion, she enthusiastically chaired the committee. As a member of the Annual Giving Campaign Committee, she often talks to fellow alumni about giving back. Her biggest tip? Ask your employer about matching gift programs that can double your impact.