SXU raises more than $28,000 for study abroad scholarship named for beloved alum

Saint Xavier University and the surrounding community recently raised more than $28,000 to support a new scholarship named for a beloved deceased alumnus.

The Angelo Bonadonna, Jr. Study Abroad Scholarship provides SXU students with the opportunity to receive support for study abroad programs. A benefit to endow the scholarship was held earlier this year at Gilhooley’s Grande Saloon and the first scholarship is expected to be awarded for the Fall 2012 semester.

Angelo Bonadonna, Jr. ’08 was a dynamic young man who was deeply involved in the SXU community. He was an honors student in psychology and communications, and was commended with a 2007 Illinois Student Laureate Award by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. He was passionate about broadcasting and producing programs for SXU’s student-run radio station WXAV and received many accolades, including the 2007 Illinois Broadcast Association “Best Sports Broadcast” award. Angelo loved adventure and traveled across the world, including Europe, Africa, India and Mexico. He passed away in Thailand, where he was working as a teacher.

The University extends a heartfelt thank you to the benefit planning committee and to the individuals and corporations who helped support the benefit, including: April Showers Candle Designs, Bartolini’s, Beth Bellantuono, Cake Poppery, Cavatappi Restaurant, Chartwells, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant, Couture Hair and Nail Salon, Direct Mobile, Dr. Stephen Adams, Fantastic Sam’s, Gilhooley’s Grande Saloon, Gina Pantone and Annie Kelly, Jill Kempner, Hog Wild, Intelligentsia Coffee, Kate and Marty Kelly, Kenwood Liquors, Lia Sophia, Lindy’s Chili, Marotte’s Bar and Grill, Nora Gawlik, Now Healing, Oak Lawn Florist, Oak Lawn Hilton, Palermo’s, Papa Joe’s, Rosebud, Sheila Kendryna, Smoke’s Club, South Side Irish Imports, Stars and Stripes Chicago, Suzanne Kendryna, Tom Kinasz, Valarie Matera, Wagner’s Seafood, Whitney’s Restaurant, Windy City ThunderBolts, and Wojo’s.

Learn more about the Angelo Bonadonna, Jr. Study Abroad Scholarship or make a donation at