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50th anniversary gift creates endowed scholarship for accounting students

When Alphonse Lucarelli ’66 enrolled at Bryant, he was at a different life stage than most of his classmates. He had already completed service in the U.S. Air Force and was working full-time for a Providence accountant. His accounting professor, Dr. Charles Goulston, recognized Lucarelli’s work ethic and mentored him. “I had recently returned from the Far East. He helped me settle in and explained the future business opportunities available for me, particularly based on the grades I achieved,” recalls Lucarelli, who became an award-winning student.

"My Bryant education and work experience certainly helped me move up in my career much more rapidly."

Lucarelli entered the field of public accounting with Arthur Young & Company in Boston. Within four years, he was promoted to a manager, later working at company offices in Providence, New York, Tampa, and Atlanta. He became a partner in 1977, Tampa office managing partner in 1983, and Atlanta office managing partner in 1988. He was credited with helping create a smooth transition when his Big Eight firm merged with Ernst and Whinney in 1989. He retired as a managing partner from Ernst & Young’s Detroit office in 1998, capping an accounting and management career that spanned more than three decades.

Lucarelli has been deeply involved in a wide range of community organizations in the greater Detroit area since he relocated there in 1989. He remains active with the College for Creative Studies, Michigan Opera Theatre, and Citizens Research Council. Though living far from Bryant for many years, he has a renewed appreciation for how much his education and the guidance of his faculty mentor contributed to his career success. “My Bryant education and work experience certainly helped me move up in my career much more rapidly,” Lucarelli notes.

As the 50th anniversary of his Bryant graduation approached, Lucarelli considered how to support Expanding the World of Opportunity: The Campaign for Bryant’s Bold Future. Seeing that increasing access to a Bryant education through student scholarships is one of the pillars of the campaign, he made a five-year, $25,000 scholarship pledge. His donation – to be doubled by a matching contribution from Ernst & Young – will create the Alphonse S. Lucarelli ’66 Endowed Scholarship. The gift will benefit ambitious, hard-working Bryant accounting students – like young Alphonse Lucarelli – for years to come.

Expanding the World of Opportunity: The Campaign for Bryant’s Bold Future is the largest fundraising effort in Bryant’s history. The $75 million campaign will generate the resources the University needs to achieve the transformative goals of Bryant’s Vision 20/20 strategic plan and rise to new levels of excellence and national prominence.