FSU Foundation

Alumni Couple Honors Fathers with Named Scholarships

Richard and Bonnie Wheeler

College of Business alumnus Richard Wheeler (BS Management ’78; MBA ’79) likes to say that his family is “all in” when it comes to Florida State University. He offers as evidence his wife, Bonnie, three siblings, two sons and their spouses, two nieces and two nephews – all who earned various degrees at FSU.

Recently, the couple made a $100,000 gift to FSU to honor each of their fathers. Half of the gift sum, $50,000, goes to the College of Business to establish the Robert O. Wheeler Memorial Endowed Scholarship. The other $50,000 creates the Anthony S. Bray Memorial Endowed Scholarship at the College of Education, where Bonnie earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education in 1980.

“For both Bonnie and me, the door to FSU opened because our parents made it possible,” said Richard, the CEO of Florida Turnpike Services LLC, which provides retail services at rest stops along the Florida Turnpike. “Neither of our fathers had the opportunity to attend college, but both built successful careers through hard work. They also both supported the education for their children to give the next generation a better opportunity.”