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The John and Adelaide Bonalanza Endowed Scholarship

The John and Adelaide Bonalanza Endowed Scholarship

The John and Adelaide Bonalanza Endowed Scholarhip was established by their daughter, Beverly Bonalanza Ford, '62,CRE 65', in memory of her parents. The scholarship was funded when Beverly donated her home in South San Francisco to the University. The funds generated by the sale of the house provided one of the largest gifts ever given to NDNU. It provides scholarships for students with financial need. Her thought was, "My parents struggled to give me a college education and I think they would want me to help others be able to have one as well."

Beverly's parents came from Italy, settled in California where they raised their only child. She was given the advantage of a Catholic, private education from elementary school through college. After receiving her credential from College of Notre Dame, she taught elementary school for years. Upon her retirement, Beverly became interested in local politics and was voted Treasurer for the city of South San Francisco, a position she held for a number of years. She worked for the college on the Alumni Board and loved volunteering to help on a number of projects for the Alumni Office. She was passionate about education, especially for women. Being the only child of John and Adelaide Bonalanza, Beverly wanted to provide scholarships for students who had financial need believing that her parents, who did not have grandchildren, would approve of her designating the home they had built to help get deserving students the kind of education that their daughter enjoyed.


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