Blue White Scholarship
"We Bridge the Financial Aid Gap"
501(C)(3) - Tax ID 23-3095631
Executive Director 1992-2014
On November 2, 1992, Robert Capone '62, became Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the then Villanova Educational Foundation, later renamed the Blue White Scholarship Foundation. He brought with him a unique experience gleaned over the course of more than 20 years of successful association with Villanova University as Assistant Vice President for Alumni Affairs.
Bob came to the Foundation at a time of great anticipation, and brought with him integrity, talent and purpose. He very quickly made the Foundation’s mission his own. In 2014, Bob retired and was succeeded by Kathleen (Kate) Cellucci '84. Bob passed away in September 2017. He was a unique human being and his contributions to the success of the Foundation were immeasurable.
Asim Ahmed 2016-2018
Mr. Ahmed, a graduate of the Class of 2016, received a bachelor's degree in Economics from Villanova University with a specialization in Business Economics and a minor in Psychology. He is currently working in Product Marketing at Niantic, Inc., a Google spinoff and the company behind the global gaming phenomenon Pokémon GO. In addition, he has been a long time partnered content creator with YouTube. His past work experience includes working with the following brands: Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment, eBay, PayPal, and Machinima Inc.
Joe Fusco 2014-2016
Mr. Fusco ’81, is the director of Internal audit and special projects for Penske Truck Leasing's Internal Audit Department. He was a member of the football team during his time at Villanova University.
Carol Gruber 2018-2019
Ms. Gruber received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Villanova University in 1991, and has been employed in the pharmaceutical business with Merck as a supervisor and specialist in Learning and Development for over twenty years. She has a Masters in Education from Temple University.
Nicole Blanche Guerin 2014-2016
Ms. Guerin graduated from Villanova in 1988. She is both a Registered Nurse and an Attorney. Most recently, she has held the position of General Counsel to ELAP Services, a health benefits services company.
John Kroos 2014-2017
Mr. Kroos graduated from Villanova University in 2005. He is an Assistant Vice President for Beneficial Bank. His father, Dr. Kenneth Kroos, has been a professor of Mechanical Engineering at Villanova University since 1982. John was crucial in establishing the BWSF Corporate Partner Sponsorship Program.
Jeffrey Lipson 2014-2016
Mr. Lipson ’92, is currently the Managing Director of Technology Research Associates, and a Reserve US Marine Corps Colonel with over 22 years of military service. He is an expert in cybersecurity.
John Macguire 2014-2017
Mr. Maguire (deceased) was a manufacturer's representative for Penn Stainless in Quakertown, PA, McKnight Steel and Tube company in Ivyland, PA and Industrial Spring Steel in Philadelphia. He sold his industrial spring steel business to Lapham-Hickey steel in Chicago in 2014, but maintained his involvement in the industry right up to the time of his death. He had five married children and eight grandchildren and lived in Jenkintown, PA.
John was an avid Villanova basketball fan, beloved by his family and respected for his expertise in the steel industry. John's charitable pursuits were legendary, and his special charity was the Blue White Scholarship Foundation. His enthusiasm and good nature will be sorely missed.
John McCawley 2017-2019
Mr. McCawley is Director, Energy Acquisition at PECO Energy and has over 33 years with PECO in generation engineering and project management, planning, energy procurement and energy policy. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering (Lehigh), MBA (Villanova ‘88) and an MS in Finance from Drexel University. John is a licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania. He is on the board of Arden Theater Company and a Boy Scout volunteer at Troop 542 Maple Glen.
Kevin McKenna 2014-2015
Mr. McKenna ’83, is a partner at the law firm of Latsha Davis & McKenna. Kevin regularly speaks at educational forums and has served as an adjunct professor at Penn State University.
David Miller III 2017-2019
Mr. David F. Miller III graduated from Villanova in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He received his master's degree in Marketing and Finance from Boston College. In 1977, Mr. Miller started M&S Management Associates Inc., a management consulting company, in Philadelphia. In 1981 he sold his interest in M&S and joined Bouton Corporation, a manufacturer of Industrial Safety Products, as President and CEO. He served in this capacity for 29 years.
In 2013, Mr. Miller joined Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the Corporate and Professional Education Department, primarily working with high-tech, defense and manufacturing companies. He is married with three children and resides in Dover, MA.
Sean Morrissey 2014-2016
Mr. Morrissey graduated from the Villanova School of Business in 2010. He is a financial planner with McAdam, a Philadelphia-based financial planning firm. He specializes in delivering advanced planning solutions and retirement strategies for professionals, families, and business owners.
During his time at Villanova, Sean was a 4-year letter-earner on the VU football team, 3-time selection to the NCAA all-academic team, and a member of the 2009 VU Football National Championship team. He considers the lessons learned on the gridiron an invaluable part of his education and experience.
Jeremy Plymette 2015-2017
Mr. Plymette is a 2011 MBA graduate from the Villanova School of Business. After a brief stint in the music industry immediately out of undergraduate school, he leveraged his degree in advertising to begin his extensive tenure with one of the world’s largest out-of-home media vendors, Clear Channel Outdoor, a subsidiary of iHeartMedia, Inc.
Suzy Pratowski 2018-2019
Ms. Pratowski received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Villanova University in 2000. She is an insurance professional, working as a Surety Underwriter and Independent Agent since her graduation from Villanova. After a successful career as an Independent Agent for AFLAC, Suzy is now a Senior Account Executive at the Judge Group. Ms. Pratowski has been a member of the Union League of Philadelphia since 2000.
Dr. Ronald Russo 1973-2014
One of the Original Founders of the Villanova Educational Foundation, Inc., the "Wildcat Club" in 1973, and the predecessor of the Blue White Scholarship Foundation. Doc Russo, a.k.a "Bud" was the longest serving member of the senior leadership of the Foundation. His latest tenure as a member of the BWSF was from 2014 to 2018. Dr. Russo earned his degree from Villanova University in 1952. He has been a family physician for more than 50 years, and he still practices one day a week. He continues to be active with the Foundation as an advisor and mentor to the Board of Directors.
Stephanie Thoeny 2015-2017
Ms. Haas Thoeny received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Villanova University in 2005, and has pursued a career in the insurance industry since that time. She is currently a Vice President with Lamb Financial Group in Conshohocken, PA. Lamb Financial is one of the nation's largest insurance brokerage firms that specializes in serving clients with complex risk management, insurance, and employee benefits. Her clients include medical practices, non-profit businesses, and other professional liability clients. Stephanie lives in Wayne with her husband and two sons and loves giving back to her community and as a grateful alum through the BWSF.
Michael J. Stephano 2014-2016
Mr. Stephano ’90 VSB, is the Managing Partner of Stephano Slack LLC, a Philadelphia-based regional accounting and tax firm. A special thank you to Mike who provided dinner and allowed his office to be used for all board meetings beginning Fall 2014 through Summer 2016
Joseph Walheim 2017-2019
Mr. Walheim graduated from the Villanova School of Business in 1958. He then went on to attend the Villanova School of Law, graduating in 1961. He has been in the private practice of Law for 56 years. Mr. Walheim is presently practicing in Havertown, PA as the President of Joseph A. Walheim & Associates.
He enjoys playing tennis and attending Villanova Football and Basketball games. He is the father of nine children, seven of whom graduated from Villanova as well. Presently, he has thirty-six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Aaron Weems 2014-2016
Mr. Weems ’00, is a partner with Fox Rothschild LLP where he focuses on family law along with commercial and civil litigation cases. During his time at Villanova, Aaron played linebacker on the football team, making the play-offs twice, including Villanova's 1997 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship team.
William Wright 2017-2018
Mr. Wright received his BA from Villanova University in 1987 and a law degree from Western Michigan Law School. In his career, he has worked as an Associate at McNees and as a Partner at Wolf Block. Currently, Wright is a partner in the Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. offices of Fisher and Phillips, and is the chair of the firm's International Employment Practice Group. He counsels employers on various global employment, compensation and benefit issues related to employees abroad, as well as foreign nationals working in the U.S. and the employment of U.S. permanent residents and citizens abroad.