This article by Joe Cuneo appeared in Gannon Magazine, Summer 2012
Did you know? Gannon has three endowments in place to help aid students who study abroad.
The Robert J. Christenson Study Abroad Endowed Scholarship, the Leo I. Davis Study Abroad Endowed Scholarship and the Dr. Alexander J. Miczo Study Abroad Endowed Scholarship offer students going overseas for studies, service-learning or internships the opportunity of assistance in tuition, room and board and program fees. Scholarship recipients are selected by a committee.
Since January 2012, 12 student trips were funded from these endowments, including seven students during the spring and summer semesters and five students participating in three faculty-led programs. Destinations included Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Spain and France.
Students interested in acquiring funding for studying abroad should contact the International Student Office/Study Abroad Office to complete an application. Recipients must report on their experience by maintaining a blog or journal, taking photos, making a video or presenting about American culture at their host institution.
Establishing an endowed scholarship requires a minimum of $25,000, which will be invested by Gannon and disbursed as scholarship awards to deserving students. Each year, Gannon will award at least 4 percent of an endowed fund with excess earnings reinvested to guard against inflation in future years. Endowed scholarship donors receive an annual report on the balance and growth of their funds, as well as thank you notes from their recipients. Gannon’s endowment currently consists of 197 scholarships.
Interested in supporting these funds or starting an endowment? Contact Tony Fulgenzio ’82, ’10M, director of philanthropy, at 814-871-7786.