Gary and Cynthia Hawley
Danbury natives Gary and Cynthia Hawley have been longtime supporters of Western Connecticut State University. Both attended WCSU. Gary graduated in 1978 with a BA in business and is the recipient of both the Distinguished Alumni Award and a Centennial Award for Excellence. “Gary and Cynthia have made Danbury and the greater community a better place to live, and have helped support the education of many deserving, hard-working students,” said Dr. James Schmotter, president of Western Connecticut State University.
A local businessman and community leader, Gary is the president of the Danbury-based Hawley Construction Company, a family-owned business which continues to serve the construction needs of the Danbury area and the state. From corporate headquarters, municipal facilities and retail stores for national chains, to medical office buildings, hotels and banks, the Hawley Construction Company consistently offers superior commercial construction services for both new construction and alteration projects.
“Our family has been an integral part of Danbury for more than half a century, and we understand that it’s important for those who have success to support other important institutions in town,” Gary Hawley said. “We believe in Western and the power of education to help people improve their lives.”
Both Gary and Cynthia agree that their proudest joint contribution at Western Connecticut State University has been the Hawley Family Endowed Scholarship. Established in 2002, the scholarship is open to graduating seniors that are Danbury residents from one of the three local high schools (Danbury, Henry Abbot Tech and Immaculate) who have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA and plan to attend Western as full-time students whose major will be in the Ancell School of Business.
The scholarship in part honors Gary’s parents, Carolyn and Ervie S. Hawley, who founded the Hawley Companies, and envisioned the Berkshire Shopping Center, completed in 1961, as well as the development of Newtown Road into a major commercial hub. The Hawleys believe that this scholarship is an important part of their giving back, by providing an opportunity for local community members to continue their higher education. “It is nice to see younger generations with similar passions and to be able to help them pursue their dreams,” Mr. Hawley said.
Currently, Gary and Cynthia’s son, Matthew, is working on his Masters of Business Administration at Western, and their daughter, Melissa, attends the university as an undergraduate student.