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Colonel Donald Belsey gives back to Bishop Guilfoyle as a way to memorialize his daughter, Lisa. A New York native, he relocated to Central Pennsylvania when he transferred to St. Francis as an undergraduate and fell in love with the area. Years later, his two daughters, Michelle and Lisa, attended Bishop Guilfoyle. Lisa graduated as a valedictorian and went on to be a university scholar at Penn State before becoming the youngest vice president of a Delaware bank. On her 25th birthday, June 7, 1992, tragedy struck. She was hit by a drunk driver as she drove home from work and killed. 

Belsey later set up the Lisa Belsey Pufka Memorial Named Scholarship for girls at BG because, he says, “I wanted to do something. I believe in these students. It's all about the kids.”

Belsey served as BG's Dean of Discipline for two years with Father Leo Lynch, a job that came easily to a Marine, and then went on to teach Spanish (not bad for an Irish guy, he quips) and English until 2013. During his time there, he infused his wisdom into the kids with his trademark tough humor. “I always told them, if you aren't planning on helping your fellow man today, stay in bed,” he says with a laugh. “And if you aren't planning on giving 110%, don't come in.”

“Kids are the future,” he says. “And the kids at BG are good kids. They are solid. We have to do everything we can to support them, and make sure they don't make the same mistakes we've made in life.”

Belsey told both of his daughters that the only things that no one could take away from them was their faith and their education. The Lisa Belsey Pufka Scholarship makes sure more young men and women are equipped with a faith and education that no one can take away. “There's spirit in this school because of the spirit in these kids,” Belsey says. “And I am honored to be part of it.”