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New Scholarship Will Benefit Education Students

Alumni Donors Joyce and Gerald Colella Majored in Education

Jack Wilson, Jerry and Joyce Colella and Chancellor Jacquie Moloney at UMass Lowell Commencement
In May, Jerry ’78 and Joyce ’77 Colella, shown here with UMass President Emeritus and Distinguished University Professor Jack Wilson and Chancellor Jacquie Moloney, received honorary degrees at Commencement.


Joyce ’77 and Gerald ’78 Colella have endowed a $300,000 scholarship that will benefit both undergraduate and graduate students at the College of Education.

The Colellas met as undergraduates at the University of Lowell, where they both majored in education. Joyce taught elementary school in Lowell and in southern New Hampshire, while Jerry, who earned an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University, went to work for MKS Instruments, a technology and solutions provider to the semiconductor and industrial technology markets. He became a chief architect of the company’s growth, and today serves as CEO of the Andover-based company.

Both serve on UML college advisory boards—Joyce for the College of Education, and Jerry for the Manning School of Business, where he is board chair. Jerry also serves on the UML Campaign Executive Committee and the River Hawk Venture Fund Advisory Board. In addition to their support for the College of Education, they have been generous supporters of the Manning School, and the atrium in the Pulichino Tong Business Center was named in their honor.

“We are deeply grateful for Joyce and Jerry’s long record of support for UMass Lowell,” says John Feudo, vice chancellor for university advancement. “Their latest gift comes at a particularly meaningful time, as the university celebrates its 125th anniversary and completes its renovation of historic Coburn Hall, where our College of Education began.”

In May, in recognition of their distinguished careers and contributions, the Colellas were awarded honorary degrees at Commencement.