Barry learned about Emerging Leaders after watching a “little brother” he and Carol mentored since age 6 attend and graduate from college in New Jersey. The state has a program called the Educational Opportunity Fund, which allows students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to move to campus early and make connections with peers, faculty and staff. Through conversations with his alma mater, he learned about the Emerging Leaders Program and the College’s commitment to expanding it.
“The Emerging Leaders have demonstrated that they are scholars and leaders, and they enrich Muhlenberg College’s intellectual community,” says Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Diversity Initiatives Robin Riley-Casey, who co-directs the program with Vick. “This gift offered by the Weshnak family will strengthen and increase the scholastic resources that support student success. It is with great appreciation that the Emerging Leaders accept this gift.”
The gift is coming from the Morris & Clara Weshnak Family Foundation, which the Weshnaks established in honor of Barry’s late parents.
“The core mission for the foundation is the health and education of children,” Barry says. “The Emerging Leaders Program fits in there because most of those students coming [to Muhlenberg for pre-orientation] are going to be 17 or 18 years old. So it fits within that mission to help them have a jump-start on success in the hopes they’ll reach their full potential.”
The Weshnaks have an extensive history of giving to the College, including the establishment of The Barry Weshnak ’66 and Carol Anne Cawley Weshnak Endowed Scholarship Fund in Sustainability Studies, The Weshnak Family Scholarship Fund and The Dr. Charles S. Bednar Scholarship Fund.