Wilkes University

2016 Founders Gala

2016 Founders Gala


Clayton and Theresa Karambelas

The 2016 President's Medal recipients are Clayton '49 and Theresa Karambelas

Clayton earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Wilkes College in 1949. He and Theresa are longtime residents of Luzerne County and previous owners of the Boston Candy Shop & Restaurant, C.K. Coffee and C.K. Consulting.

Their passion for their community has benefited many area organizations, including their church.Their generosity to Wilkes includes the Henry Student Center atrium, Dorothy Dickson Darte Center digital marquee, greenway pergola, Cohen Science Center grand staircase, and a gift to our new gateway. Clayton and Theresa have served on numerous boards and committees at Wilkes and throughout the community.


student speakerFounder Gala 2016 Scholarship Recipient

After graduating from high school in 2011, I started my higher education at Harrisburg Area Community College.  At that point, my family was still struggling financially after moving to the United States from Egypt.  While I was a full-time student maintaining a 4.0 GPA, I worked as a pharmacy technician to help my family with household expenses.  The road to my dream has been filled with both challenges and daily struggles.  I am the first generation of my family to attend college. Due to a language barrier, my parents could not assist me with applying for colleges or the moving process.  However, through the generous Wilkes Grants and First Generation Scholarship, I am thrilled to be part of the Wilkes Colonel family.  Because of Wilkes generosity, I will be able to continue to pursue my future career in pharmacy while minoring in Management and Marketing.  I also enjoy giving back to the community by volunteering and mentoring other students.  ~ Youstena Zaki '19


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Founders Gala 2016