Former Football Player and Wife Give $1 Million to Establish Undergraduate Scholarship
A $1 million gift has established a four-year scholarship at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management for a promising student. The gift comes from John Lally ’82, who earned a dual degree in marketing, and transportation and distribution management, and his wife, Laura. They are naming the scholarship in honor of his mother, Doris Lally.
John credits his mother for always providing him with unwavering support, especially during the emotional and physically draining years of playing Division I football. He also went on to say that his mother is the unsung hero in their lives and that she is a role model for the family. During a recent conversation with Doris Lally, she expressed pride in her son, saying, “When John puts his mind to something, nothing can stop him. He is a fierce competitor with a tremendous heart of gold.”
THERE ARE CERTAIN VALUES THAT WE LIVE OUR LIVES BY, AND ONE OF THOSE IS GIVING BACK TO OTHERS AND HELPING MAKE A DIFFERENCE." —John and Laura Lally
“It is the Lally family’s hope that this will be a prestigious award that will enable Whitman to attract and retain a stellar student to Syracuse University,” says Christopher Crooker, assistant dean for advancement at Whitman. “We are incredibly grateful to John and Laura for their vision and generosity. This endowment will help us address one of our most pressing priorities, increasing undergraduate scholarships and will begin to have a positive impact as soon as this fall.”
John played varsity football for five years (and lettered for three) for the Orange and credits both his athletic and academic experience for helping in his professional success.
“Trying to get a degree and play Division I sports at a high level requires a tremendous amount of dedication and hard work, both academically and athletically, which sets the base for the rest of your life,” says John, the former president of PCB Piezotronics Inc., headquartered in Depew, New York.
Always “paying it forward,” John and Laura explain that “There are certain values that we live our lives by, and one of those is giving back to others and helping make a difference.”
In addition to their $25 million commitment to Syracuse Athletics, the Lallys are heavily involved with many charitable organizations including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie, Niagara and the Southern Tier and business mentoring programs for former Syracuse graduates.