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With eight university degrees and 30 years spent living abroad, Donna Roberts has always had a love of learning. “Education opens doors and changes people’s lives in tangible ways,” she says.
Roberts is a dual alumna of Embry-Riddle (2010), as well as associate professor and chair of the social sciences and economics department and chair of undergraduate research at the Worldwide Campus in Germany. She says she wanted to help students who share her passion for education, especially those in the military.
That is why Roberts and her husband, Sergio Del Bianco, recently made a generous planned gift to Embry-Riddle, creating an endowed scholarship in their names. The couple, who met in Italy and have been together 22 years, are also funding a term scholarship to immediately help undergraduate or graduate students with financial need.
“Valuing education so much, I wanted to give back to something that is meaningful to me,” she says.