The Villanova Canuso Connection
Fifty-four Canuso family relatives have graduated from Villanova University since the 1930's, so it made sense that the Canuso Foundation reached out to help Villanovans by providing scholarship funds to students affected by cancer or other catastrophic illness.
In 1986, The Canuso Foundation established the Babe Canuso Fischer Endowed Scholarship to provide scholarships for dedicated students who were experiencing financial hardship due to their own serious illness or illness within their family. The University began distributing scholarships from the annuity in 1991.
As of 2009, The Canuso Foundation has awarded 61 partial scholarships to Villanova University students with diverse backgrounds and academic interests. The common thread is a life touched by serious illness or disease, and a desire to succeed in spite of the obstacles presented by such hardship.
A Helping Hand in Time of Need
"We are proud to offer a lifeline to students who work so hard and want to succeed. Cancer and other serious diseases can put a tremendous strain on a family and its resources, as well as the individual spirit," says Joan Canuso, Babe's mother and founder of The Canuso Foundation. "We want to be a part of these students' lives and small part of their success by bringing Babe's spirit of giving to those who understand the hardship of serious illness."
The Canuso Foundation has received countless letters of thanks from students throughout the years, which makes the efforts even more gratifying, says John Canuso, Villanova class of '63.
Continuing the Legacy
"We have just begun to reach out to The Canuso Foundation Scholarship recipients, letting them know of our continued work with the University and our plans to bolster the fund that helped them throughout their college years. Our hope is that many of the scholarship recipients will become a part of our family, and that we can continue to help them and grow together to help others," he says.
Plans are underway to host fundraising events to build The Canuso Foundation Villanova University scholarship fund so that more deserving students can receive awards. "Education is the foundation of success, and we want to be sure that our fellow Villanova Wildcats are provided the opportunity to finish their years of schooling and rise above the challenges of serious disease," says Mr. Canuso. "That is what Babe wanted, that's what she did, and that's what we're about."
To get involved in The Canuso Foundation Villanova University Scholarship fundraising efforts, please contact The Canuso Foundation.