Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Present Check for Corcoran Scholarship at The University of Scranton


Judge Richard P. Conaboy, seated center, chair of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Lackawanna County’s Dr. John Corcoran Scholarship Committee, presents a check to University of Scranton President Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., and this year’s scholarship recipient, University of Scranton student Kevin Dermody, in support of Dermody’s study abroad in Cork, Ireland. Standing, from left, are, representing The University of Scranton: Steve G. Jones, Ph.D., associate provost for civic engagement, and Michael R. Simons, director of study abroad and global initiatives; and members of the Corcoran Scholarship Committee: Thomas P. Cummings Sr., Richard P. Conaboy Jr., Patrick J. Sheridan, Thomas P. Doherty, William J. Egan Jr., and Timothy J. Pryle, who is also director of the President’s Business Council at The University of Scranton.

            The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Lackawanna County recently presented a check to The University of Scranton for the Dr. John Corcoran Scholarship for Study in Ireland. This year’s scholarship winner is Kevin Dermody, a sophomore history and economics major from Elmhurst.

            The scholarship winner is chosen based on services, activities, interests, work experience, a personal statement, essay and having a grade point average of 3.0 or above.

            A dean’s list student and member of the National Freshman Honor Society at The University of Scranton, Dermody is a member of the Jesuit school’s prestigious Business Leadership Honors Program. He is a member of several student organizations including the business club and The Aquinas, the University’s student newspaper. He served as a freshman senator for the class of 2013 and volunteers for University Ministries.

            He is the son of George and Ellen Dermody of Elmhurst.

            In 1984, the Friendly Sons established a perpetual scholarship fund to finance academic study in Ireland by a college student. Since its inception, the scholarship has been given in alternate years to a student from The University of Scranton and Marywood University. In 1994, the scholarship was renamed in honor of the late John H. Corcoran, D.M.D. Dr. Corcoran, who was the oldest past president and member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Lackawanna County, played a prominent role in advancing the goals of the society and in particular in encouraging young members to participate in the activities sponsored by the society.

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