Gifts in Action
The True Impact: Gifts in Action
Rhett Burgess, J.D. '79
Endowed Scholarship Gift
Rhett Burgess, J.D. ’79, and his wife, Carol, made a memorial gift to ONU for an endowed scholarship in honor of Rhett’s parents. William and Millicent Burgess were members of the Greatest Generation who met and married in England at the height of hostilities during World War II. William served as a paratrooper with the U.S. 17th Airborne Division, which saw action at the Battle of the Bulge and other campaigns in the European theatre.
An attorney from Indiana, Rhett wanted his scholarship to benefit current members or veterans of the armed services, or their children, who attend the Claude W. Pettit College of Law. The scholarship is a fitting tribute not only to Rhett’s parents, but to all members of the United States armed services who sacrifice to preserve and protect America’s freedoms.
Nick Amato, J.D. '98
$25,000 Capital Poject: Admissions Suite Remodel
Beginning May 19, 2014, ONU's Office of Law Admissions will be seeing a facelift thanks '98 Alum Nick Amato. The donation was made on behalf of the Pete Amato Foundation, a philanthropic foundation created by Nick and his family in honor of a family member who remains dear to them all.
Nick and his wife grew up in adjacent towns in E OH / W PA, and their families emigrated to the U.S. in the early 1900s from the same small town in the mountains north of Rome (they have not been to Italy yet but are itching to go). They married the August before Nick started law school. While Nick was in law school, his wife worked in the ONU President's Office, doing catering and event planning. She very much enjoyed the experience. After graduating, they returned home. Nick worked for one year for another attorney, then with his brother who had just graduated from law school founded their own firm.
During his time at ONU Law, Nick felt particularly grateful toward the gentleman who was the Director of Admissions when Nick applied to ONU Law. Because of this, he wanted his gift to go to the remodel of the Law Admissions Office, a project that is both needed, and will greatly impact student's first impression of ONU Law.