Bloomingdale’s Gianna Bucaro Wins Weidner Altruism Scholarship

Gianna Bucaro, a freshman at Butler University in Indianapolis, is the recipient of the John Henry Weidner Endowed Scholarship for Altruism 2022-2023 in recognition of her commitment to disability rights, children’s health, and the volunteering. Bucaro is from Bloomingdale’s, Illinois.

Bucaro, an exploratory major on Butler’s pre-pharmacy track, is recognized for her advocacy for people with disabilities. Bucaro is involved in several service organizations. The Hear the Cheers Foundation, which raises funds for hearing-impaired children to offset the cost of bilateral hearing aids, is particularly important to Bucaro as a student with hearing loss.

“Insurance doesn’t cover the high costs of hearing aids, and if a hearing loss isn’t treated properly, you can ultimately lose your hearing,” Bucaro said. “Each hearing aid costs around $5,000 and needs to be replaced every 4-5 years. This touches me so close to home that I have started two fundraisers at home to raise money for this foundation both my college and my high school.”

Bucaro is Greek Orthodox and her faith plays an important role in her life. At Butler, she joined two faith groups, the Orthodox Christian faith and an interdenominational Bible study through Alpha Phi sorority.

John Henry Weidner Foundation Fellow William Ervin recently noted that students who win the Weidner Endowed Scholarship for Altruism typically embark on a lifelong journey of selflessness beginning in their youth and continuing their journey throughout of the University. This is especially true for Bucaro, who still participates in community events in the Chicago area, such as Feed My Starving Children and Meals on Wheels.

Bucaro’s plan to pursue a career in pediatric pharmacy was inspired by a philosophy of service to the community, especially children.

As Bucaro wrote in his scholarship application, “By learning all that Butler has to offer and thinking about what I want to do, I chose a path where I felt I would be happiest and able to go. to help others. I am very interested in becoming a pediatric pharmacist because of my love for helping others and children. I love children and always knew that no matter what, I wanted to be in an environment that allowed me to be close to and/or work with them I don’t necessarily work directly with children, but during my studies to become a pediatric pharmacist, I hope to work in a children’s hospital because I know myself well enough to know that I will do everything I can to form my own bond with these children.”


Bucaro’s service activities and future career demonstrate his strong commitment to children’s health and the rights of people with disabilities.

The Sociology and Criminology Student Association selects the recipient of the John Henry Weidner Altruism Scholarship each year. The Weidner Prize is named after John Weidner, a Dutch citizen and Seventh-day Adventist who saved the lives of approximately 1,000 downed British and American airmen, Jews, Dutch, Belgians and French fleeing Nazi persecution during World War II. .

Weidner was honored by five governments after the war and by the Holocaust Museum when it opened in 1993.

After his death in Los Angeles in 1994, his widow, Naomi, started a foundation to honor the selfless spirit. The Butler University Chapter of the John Henry Weidner Foundation for Altruism is operated by the Sociology and Criminology Student Association and made possible through the continued generosity of the Weidner Foundation.

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