North Carolina business leader Louis DeJoy and his wife Dr. Aldona Wos have provided $100,000 in scholarship funding to enable students attending school in North Carolina and Estonia to attend summer 2019 academic internship programs organized by The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) and held in Washington, D.C. In the second of a five-year gift, funded through the Louis DeJoy and Aldona Wos Family Foundation, one full scholarship is awarded to an Estonia student and full and partial scholarships are awarded to North Carolina students, with priority given to students with financial need. The students will intern with government agencies, media outlets, businesses and nonprofit organizations, while attending courses with academic credit provided through George Mason University.
The DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation is a proud benefactor of the Vice President’s Residence Foundation, a charitable organization established in 1991 to help raise money to promote and support the historical preservation and furnishing of the official residence of the Vice President of the United States, located at the Naval Observatory. Built in 1893, the private residence at Number One Observatory Circle features Queen Anne-style architecture and is just 2.5 miles from the White House.
For 30 years, it served as the home of the superintendent of the US Naval Observatory; then in 1923, it became the official residence for the head of the Navy. In 1974, Congress designated the house as the home of the vice president. Every vice president has lived there since Mondale, bringing their own unique touch to the home’s 9,150 square feet.
The DeJoy\Wos Family Foundation made a contribution to show its support for Bennett College and the “Stand with Bennett” campaign to help maintain the local college’s accreditations. With a $5 million goal and February 1 internal deadline, Bennett College announced Monday, February 4 that it had not only met but surpassed their goal. Thanks to over 11,000 donors during the six-week fundraising timeframe, Bennett raised $8.2 million in support of keeping the college accredited. With Bennett beating their goal by 60 percent, the college is well-positioned for the upcoming accreditation appeal hearing as well as longer term financial stability.
The DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation continue their support of Junior Achievement of the Triad by sponsoring the 2019 Business Leaders Hall of Fame held January 29, 2019. Junior Achievement of the Triad’s Business Leaders Hall of Fame is an event to recognize and honor the professional accomplishments of visionary businessmen and women who have shaped the Triad’s economic landscape. The 2019 event inducted Debra and “Smitty” Smith, and Susan and Eric Wiseman, into the Business Leaders Hall of Fame. The annual event has been conducted since 1980. In 2018, Louis DeJoy was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Louis DeJoy and Dr. Aldona Wos, through their family foundation, have made a 5-year pledge of support to the Greensboro Police Foundation. The DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation supports a diverse number of projects and organizations that enhance the physical, economic and social elements of our communities.
This gift by the DEJOY\WOS Family Foundation will help the Greensboro Police Department become a national model of exceptional policing by supplementing funding for the continued development of an innovative, technologically-advanced police force that optimally engages with the community.
The Fall Conference Follows the Annual International Fact-Finding Mission
Dr. Aldona Wos participated in the two-day invitation only Council of American Ambassadors (CAA) Fall Conference held in New York City on November 6-7, 2018. The conference followed the September 2018 ten-day CAA Annual International Mission Program attended Dr. Wos, Louis DeJoy and their son Andrew DeJoy. Dr. Wos is a member of the CAA Board of Directors and served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Estonia from 2004-2006.
CAA is the association of non-career United States ambassadors. A nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, the Council comprises over 200 members whose ambassadorial service collectively extends over five decades and eleven U.S. Presidents.
The generous gift from Elon Trustee Louis DeJoy and his wife, Dr. Aldona Wos, will assist students with exceptional ability and high financial need from Title I schools in Guilford County
The gift from the Louis DeJoy and Aldona Wos Family Foundation will support one of Elon University’s top priorities—growing the endowment to increase financial aid for outstanding students.
The generous gift from the couple’s foundation will establish The DeJoy-Wos Odyssey Scholars Endowment, a collaboration between the university’s Odyssey Program and Martha and Spencer Love School of Business, Guilford County Schools and the United Way of Greater Greensboro. The endowment will provide scholarship support for highly motivated students from Title I schools in Guilford County who are eager to participate in Elon’s brand of high-impact learning in the Love School and who would be unable to enroll without financial assistance.
Louis DeJoy and Dr. Aldona Wos (former U.S. Ambassador to Estonia) traveled to Estonia to host a reception for alumni of The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) and Estonian Dignitaries at the Radisson Blu Sky Hotel in Tallinn, Estonia. Nearly 100 people were invited to the event.
Scholarships for Children of Killed, Wounded or Injured Soldiers
The Louis DeJoy and Aldona Wos Family Foundation is proud to continue its funding to the Patriot Foundation, which focuses primarily on helping the children and spouses of servicemen and women that have been killed, wounded, and injured in the Global War on Terrorism. Thousands of families have been shattered by the loss or serious wounding/injury of their soldier. Many times military spouses are in need of financial assistance. The Patriot Foundation has devoted itself to helping these spouses in the specific areas of child aid to include scholarship support, and child care to support spouses who need to go back to school to improve their family’s financial stability.
Four incoming Institute of World Politics (IWP) students are the recipients of the prestigious Louis DeJoy and Aldona Z. Woś Family Foundation Scholarship.
This scholarship was established at IWP in 2017 thanks to the generosity of Louis DeJoy and Amb. Aldona Woś. Through a $1 million gift, they made possible scholarship funds for IWP students for ten years. The Louis DeJoy and Aldona Z. Woś Family Foundation Scholarship provides up to full tuition per semester for recent college graduates who demonstrate significant academic, professional, or personal achievement, as well as a history of leadership and an overall potential to succeed in IWP’s rigorous course of study.