October 11, 2021

 

Through memorial gifts in honor of two of their late friends, Drs. Suzanne '00 and Bob Droleskey '75 are supporting deserving students at Texas A&M University by giving them once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to continue their education abroad.

The couple’s gifts are named in honor of Professor Paolo Barucchieri and Dr. Rainer Zäck, two individuals who played an integral role in enhancing Texas A&M’s education abroad programs and who were passionate about exposing students to the beauty of diverse countries and cultures. By funding scholarships, the couple’s gifts will alleviate the financial burden students encounter when they decide to study abroad.

 

"Paolo ignited students’ imaginations and gave them the gift of expanded horizons.”
- Dr. Suzanne Droleskey '00

“He was a remarkable man whose vision and passion made it possible for more than 5,000 Texas A&M University students to have the life-changing experience of studying abroad,” Suzanne said. “In his classes, during his museum tours or over a cup of espresso in the café, Paolo ignited students’ imaginations and gave them the gift of expanded horizons.”

Barucchieri’s passion for and dedication to his students was unwavering, and their welfare was his ultimate priority. Even during his battle with cancer before his passing in 2012, he could only think of them and the program’s future. His love of immersing Aggies into Italian culture and his determination to help them open their minds to international perspectives moved the Droleskeys to honor his legacy by endowing the Paolo Barucchieri Study Abroad Scholarship to support students who participate in study abroad programs to Italy, especially at the Santa Chiara Study Center.

“We hope these scholarships give students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover and learn in other parts of the world, embracing and continuing the vision of these two amazing men.”
- Drs. Suzanne ’00 and Bob Droleskey ’75

Two Legacies, One Vision

The Droleskeys’ gifts inspire students to embark on journeys to Europe and broaden their global perspectives and passion for learning. Aggies who receive their scholarships not only fulfill their aspirations to study abroad, but also honor Barucchieri’s and Zäck’s legacies of creating an international community in which students can challenge their minds and embrace diverse cultures.

“We share Paolo’s and Rainer’s belief in the betterment of the student and expansion of their worldview, which has led to the creation of these funds,” Suzanne and Bob concluded. “We hope these scholarships give students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover and learn in other parts of the world, embracing and continuing the vision of these two amazing men.”

A gift in memory or in honor of a spouse, parent, sibling, relative or friend is a generous and thoughtful way to recognize a loved one while also supporting Texas A&M University. Many individuals even use honorary or memorial gifts as a way to celebrate important life milestones, such as birthdays, graduations or anniversaries.

Honorary and memorial gifts to the Texas A&M Foundation can be tailored to fit the interests and values of your loved one, making it a true extension of that person’s life and accomplishments. Discover the different ways that your gift can create a living legacy for someone who has made an undeniable difference in your life.
 

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