James Armogida wanted to quit college in 1926. He was homesick, missed his friends and thought a "regular" job was a better route in life than spending so much time away studying with strangers. But his father thought otherwise.

"My dad, who fervently promoted the value of education, told me I'd learn to like it," he said.

And from his history of philanthropy supporting dozens of students, Armogida took more than a liking to higher education.

"As did my parents, my wife Val and I have always been interested in assisting others fulfill their goals in life through education," said Armogida. "And we wanted to give back for all the help my family and I received in securing college educations."

Armogida's father began instilling the importance of education in his children at an early age. He regularly brought home "Books of Knowledge" when James and his siblings were very young, made sure his six sons and daughter maintained good grades as they progressed through the Canton public school system and petitioned local politicians to help with scholarships to Annapolis and West Point for two of the Armogida boys.James himself graduated from The Ohio State University's law program, and practiced law, both privately and as a Major in the U.S. Army during World War II, for more than 67 years.

During that time, he also met and married Velia, his companion for nearly 63 years. And his association with Walsh University is just as storied.

"I became friendly with Brs.Francoeur, Conrad, Farrell and Barrette on their first trips to the area in the early 1960's, and realized what they wanted to do was vital to sustaining the community," said Armogida.

After spending some time with the Brothers, the Armogidas felt the best way to assist the burgeoning college was through financial support, which led to the establishment of The James V. and Velia Armogida Scholarship. Several years later, The Walter Lusetti Memorial Scholarship, was established, which Velia and her brother Walter Lusetti created in memory of their nephew, Walter I. Lusetti.

In addition to helping Walsh University students achieve their goals, the Armogidas have also assisted grand nieces and grand nephews with their tuition at different universities across the country.

"My parents' influence was very strong, they made us understand that education was a necessary ingredient to a better and more fulfilled life," said Armogida. "It's important for us to carry on that legacy."