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Patricia A. Biasuzzi and John M. Biasuzzi Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 7, 2018 /   Loading Disqus...

“The opportunity for a good education can help to change the future for a young person. It may then also help to change the future for all of us. We both feel that education is a special gift and if we can help to provide that gift to others, then we will have accomplished something special in our lives,” believe Patricia and John Biasuzzi.

That belief, coupled with their long-time familiarity with and support of San Miguel School (SMS), inspired the couple to establish this endowment that will provide scholarship assistance for students to attend San Miguel.

Founded in 1993 by Brother Lawrence Goyette, SMS is a private, independent Lasallian middle school for boys from the greater Providence area. “Brother Lawrence’s vision and dedication developed SMS’s school model,” the Biasuzzis explain.

The couple notes the valuable role education has played in their lives and explains, “Scholarships enabled us to go to college.” Originally from Syracuse, New York, they both earned undergraduate degrees from Syracuse University. Patricia continued her studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and later received her MAT at Rhode Island School of Design. John earned an MBA at New York University.

Patricia’s education led her to a career as a toy designer, which included six years in the doll design division of Hasbro. She went on to work as a toy inventor with John Holden & Associates which resulted in seven of her toy ideas being produced by national toy companies. Now retired, she enjoys computer graphic design and serves on the Gala fundraising event committee at SMS.

John’s education led him to a career in banking. He worked at Citizens Bank for 37 years, retiring as a senior vice president. It was there that he learned of the Foundation through the late George Graboys, former CEO at Citizens and a past member and chairman of the Foundation’s board.

Patricia and John state, “To us, SMS was and is an outstanding example of how a good school can affect and influence young people’s lives.”

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