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The Mary & Gertrude Society

Mary & Gertrude SocietyThe Mary & Gertrude Society was established in the names of our founders, Gertrude Johnson and Mary T. Wales, who in 1914 had the courage and vision to create Johnson & Wales. More than a century later, we are proud to honor them by recognizing our loyal donors who have supported the university for three or more consecutive years.

Each year, gifts to JWU help provide the stability and flexibility needed to give rise to a new era of innovation and ambitious advancements in academics. To celebrate the contributions of our most loyal donors, we are proud to announce the inaugural members of the Mary & Gertrude Society.

View the 2020-21 Mary & Gertrude Society Members

The generosity of these alumni, parents and families, faculty, staff and friends who give each and every year helps secure the future of Johnson & Wales University. We couldn't do it without you!


Want to become a member of the Mary & Gertrude Society?

Donors who make gifts of any amount to JWU for three or more consecutive years are automatically welcomed into the Mary & Gertrude Society. The Johnson & Wales fundraising year begins July 1 and ends June 30. Make your gift this year or email to learn more.

Aunt Janise Makes Gift in Nephew's Memory on Charlotte Campus

Terrence Miller Photo


Terrence MIller '09 passed away in August 2015. At the time of his death, he worked in the Office of Student Life at Northern Virginia Community College in Sterling, Va. Last fall, Terrence's aunt, Janise Kyle, started a memorial scholarship on the Charlotte Campus where he obtained a bachelor's degree in sports/entertainment/event management. In recent conversations with Chris Plano, alumni relations manager on the Charlotte Campus, she expressed a desire to "make the scholarship last." Eventually, Janise decided to set aside part of her estate for the university to support the scholarship, which provides aid to a hospitality student in Charlotte. Chris says, "Terrence was a loyal alumnus and it is fitting that he be remembered in this way. We are grateful to Janise Kyle for her genorosity and kindness to her nephew." 


Expanding the Freshman Experience Spring 2014

Zareena '17 JWU student abroad

Zareena ’17 — Challenging myself to study abroad as a freshman was the smartest decision that I’ve ever made. In the two years since my journey through Germany, I’ve been employed and promoted by the JWU New Student Orientation Department & the JWU Study abroad office. 

By marketing my experience in Germany during interviews and campaigns, I’ve been selected to be a member of the Forte Foundation, CLRI, the CLRI Fellowship program, the Junior Achievement program, president of two resident halls, and a student in JWU’s new Global Learning Distinction program.

Studying abroad has truly catapulted my academic, professional, and personal life. It is crucial that this opportunity becomes available to more students; exposing less fortunate scholars like me to the world has proven to be genuinely significant.


500 Corks Food & Wine Pairing

Alysia '17 500 Corks

Alysia '17 − You hear so many things from people who study abroad. "You will love it! You'll have the time of your life! It's so amazing!" What people don't warn you aout is that you will leave a completely different person than you arrived. Even though it has been 6 months since I came back from Germany, I think about it every day. It gave me the confidence to travel across the world and be on my own. It taught me how to appreciate new cultures, be open to trying new things and becoming best friends with 24 other students. On top of that, I was there to study wine and walk through the wine regions I dreamed about while I was in class. While I was there, I earned my Wine & Spirits and Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 and a certificate of completion from the German Wine & Sommelier School in Koblenz. Since this, it has inspired me to work on two more certifications for wine and further my career. In my personal opinion, studying abroad shouldn't be optional, but mandatory. Without JWU and the 500 Corks Food & Wine Pairing opportunity, I would not be the same person.

JWU is Amazing!

Kate '17 JWU Presidential Academic ScholarshipKate '17 — After applying to Johnson & Wales University, I was thrilled to be awarded the Presidential Academic Scholarship from my previous academic success as well as a FCCLA Scholarship from my culinary club participation during high school. These scholarships helped me attain a personal goal: study at a prestigious culinary university. But these scholarships evoked a responsibility to be the best JWU student I could be. I sought out JWU for its outstanding academic curriculum, but perhaps just as important, I have been able to experience the wide range of student involvement opportunities, such as Collegiate Ambassador Team, Resident Assistant, Alpha Sigma Tau and Student Alumni Activities. After graduation, I look forward to becoming an active member of the JWU Alumni Network and keeping the spirit of the Wildcats alive for years to come!

The Emeril Scholarship Helps Student

Alina Bota '14 and the Emeril ScholarshipAlina Bota '14 — I have been pursuing the dietetics track for my degree in culinary nutrition. I am on an internship at Prairie View A& M University in Texas until August, after which I'll take my licensing examination. Receiving the Emeril scholarship was the most exciting experience I'd ever had and it gave me the push to go further. I am a full-time student and a mother of three young children. I have a lot of pressure on me; it helped me both financially and professionally. Thank you Emeril! 

Yena Fund Helps Veteran

Mike Previty '15 — Being a veteran, a husband and a father, a full-time student and holding a full-time job, my educational road has not always been easy. Thanks to the stipend I received from the John and Donna Yena Experiential Education Fund I was able to offset some of the expenses associated with my unpaid internship. That internship, with the Providence Emergency Management Agency, led to my being hired as their Preparedness Coordinator. My family and I are grateful for the help and support I received from JWU. Thank you. 

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