Annual Scholarships

Donors may establish a named scholarship that does not require an endowment.

Annual scholarships provide individual donors an opportunity to match their annual gift to the academic experience of one Scranton student.  With a three-year commitment of $5,000 or $10,000 per year for three years, you can establish a need-based annual scholarship that will support a first-year Scranton student through their remaining three years of study. There are two options for establishing an annual scholarship:

  • Commitment of $5,000/year for three years ($2,500 per semester)
  • Commitment of $10,000/year for three years ($5,000 per semester)

As with endowed scholarships, all benefactors have the ability to name their scholarships after themselves or in memory or honor of another. Scholarship donors are provided with the name of their recipient and are given the opportunity to meet the student at our annual Scholarship Brunch.

Benefactors have established the following annual scholarships:

  • The Alpha Sigma Nu Scholarship:  This annual scholarship provided by A∑N, the honor society of Jesuit institutions of higher education, assists students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement.

  • Annual Scholarship for Students from Africa: Established by Rebecca Haggerty, MA, MS, SPHR, this scholarship benefits a student from Africa with high financial need.

  • The Sarah Beth Beynon Memorial Scholarship of the Scranton Area Foundation:  This scholarship is awarded by the Scranton Area Foundation each year to undergraduate students pursuing degrees in environmental science and graduate students pursuing studies in cancer research.

  • The Joseph Callahann Annual Scholarship: Established by the late Joseph Callahann G’67 in 2022 this annual scholarship is awarded to a student who is a graduate of the Scranton Public School District. The student must have demonstrated financial need.

  • Casey Scholarship for Minority Students: Established by Stephen and Ellen Casey, Ph.D. H’17 in 2021, this annual fund assists minority students with financial support for University tuition and fees.

  • Cristo Rey Annual Scholarship: Established in 2020 by Maura King, Esq. ’88, this scholarship is used to reduce meal plan expenses for on-campus students who are graduates of the Cristo Rey network.

  • The Dr. John H. Corcoran Scholarship: Biennially, the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Lackawanna County provides funds for a University of Scranton student or students to enjoy the benefits of studying for one or two semesters at a university in Ireland.

  • The Jerome P. ’75 & Lynn DeSanto ’80 & Susan J. Falbo Annual Scholarship in memory of Nancy Jean Bartholomay: This scholarship benefits a local or regional undergraduate sophomore student with preference given to a student from a single-parent home and/or an interest in domestic violence advocacy.

  • The Len and Deborah Gougeon St. Ann's Scholarship: Established in 1986 through a gift from Drs. Len and Deborah Gougeon, this scholarship, based on need, provides assistance to a member of St. Ann's Basilica Parish in Scranton.

  • The Dr. Neville ’78, P’13 & Dr. Tracy Graham P’13 Annual Scholarship: Established by Drs. Neville ’78 & Tracy Graham in 2020, this scholarship benefits students with financial need. Preference is given to graduates of the Cristo Rey network. 

  • The Koch-Conley American Legion Scholarship:  Established in 1985 by agreement with the American Legion, scholarships are provided on the basis of academic achievement and financial need.  First preference is given to children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews of the members of the Koch-Conley American Legion Post 121.  Thereafter, family members of other Pennsylvania American Legion Post members may be considered.

  • The Patricia A. McCormack M.D. '76 and the Attorney Leo M. McCormack ’51 Annual Scholarship: Patricia A. McCormack, M.D. ’76 established this annual scholarship in 2020 to benefit a student from Lackawanna County who has financial need.

  • The Mecca Family Scholarship in Memory of Reverend Leo J. O’Malley: This scholarship was established by William A. Mecca Jr. ‘55 in 2007 in memory of Reverend Leo J. O’Malley, his mentor and advisor. The awardee is a student who has economic need, serves the Roman Catholic Church, demonstrates life achievements, and aspires to be a strong leader with ethical values.

  • The Military Science II Leadership Excellence Award: Established in 2013 by Daniel J. Dunn ’72, this award is presented annually to a rising junior military science II cadet who demonstrates academic achievement, leadership and service commitment.

  • The William G. McGowan Scholars Program: This scholarship was created in 1997 through the generosity of The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund. It is awarded to deserving students enrolled in the Kania School of Management.
  • The Nellis-McAllister Kiwanis Scholarship: Established in 2011 by Joseph A. Nellis '85 through the Scranton Kiwanis Club to honor his parents, William J. '55 and Ann McAllister Nellis, this need and merit-based scholarship is awarded to one incoming freshman who lives and attended high school in Lackawanna County.  The student must have demonstrated a commitment to service and volunteer work. Students must submit an essay describing their qualifications and worthiness for this prestigious award along with the application and provide a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher/counselor, high school transcript, and standardized test scores to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The scholarship is renewed annually over a total of four years provided the scholar meets the scholarship criteria and academic requirements. Upon graduation of the Nellis-McAllister Scholar, a new freshman recipient is selected.
  • The Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Public Accountants Scholarship: This award is administered through the Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Public Accountants. It is awarded to a senior accounting major from Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, Pike, Wayne or Monroe Counties.

  • The John A. and Dorothy E. O’Donnell Scholarship:  Established through a bequest from the estate of Dorothy E. O’Donnell, this scholarship provides funds for a student in the pre-law program from Lackawanna County with financial need.

  • Opening Doors Scholarship Fund:This scholarship aims to meet the unmet need of students seeking to enroll at The University of Scranton who have graduated from Cristo Rey High Schools, Arrupe College, and other institutions with similar missions.

  • Pennsylvania Governor's Conference for Women Scholarship: Established in 2006 for women residing in Pennsylvania, the scholarship is awarded to women who have demonstrated financial need, overcome significant personal challenges, exhibited exemplary community service work, and demonstrated high academic performance.

  • Purple Club Scholarships: Noteworthy among gifts to University of Scranton students are the amounts contributed annually by the Purple Club of Scranton. Since its founding in 1933, the Purple Club has provided special financial support to deserving and qualified students.
  • The William P. Rinaldi '67 Scholarship: This fund was established in memory of he late William P. Rinaldi, Lackawanna County Clerk of Judicial Records, by his mother Rose. It benefits a student from Lackawanna County majoring in history or education.

  • The Kathleen McNeff Robine ’92 Memorial Scholarship: Christine Dorfler created this annual scholarship in memory of her sister to benefit first-generation undergraduate students majoring in nursing.

  • The Gerard Roche '53 Annual Scholarship: Established by Heidrick and Struggles to recognize Gerard Roche's 50 years of service to the company, this scholarship benefits undergraduate sophomore students with financial need.

  • The Eugene P. and Mary A. Ruane Memorial Scholarship: This annual scholarship was established in 2009 through a bequest from the estate of Thomas P. Ruane, Esq. ’65 to honor his parents and is awarded to students with financial need.

  • The Santarsiero Family Annual Scholarship: Established in 2023 by Mark ‘80 and Tammy Santarsiero, this annual scholarship is awarded with first preference given to accounting students from the Scranton Area. Second consideration maybe be given to accounting students from any geographical area.

  • The Lewis A. Sebia Memorial Scholarship: Robert Mericle of the Mericle Foundation created this scholarship to honor the legacy of Lewis Sebia (Mericle Commerical Real Estate COO) who passed away in 2020. The scholarship assists students from Pittston Area High School who have financial need.

  • The Dr. Bernard Shair & Dr. Todd Angelo Memorial Scholarship: This scholarships, established by family, friends, and colleagues of Dr. Shair & Dr. Angelo through the Scranton Area Foundation, is presented annually to a graduating senior of The University of Scranton who has been accepted at an accredited dental school.

  • The Edward J. ’81 & Barbara A. Steinmetz Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to a sophomore student with financial need. Preference is given to nursing majors or students enrolled in the Kania School of Management.

  • The Thomas P. White Scholarship: Mrs. Ilene White G77,92 established this scholarship to honor the memory of her husband, Thomas. It is awarded to an education major who is a “non-traditional” student, such as a transfer student or an individual returning to school after an absence.

  • The Judith Ann Yokaitis-Skutnik ’79 Scholarship: This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Judith Ann Yokaitis-Skutnik ’79 and is awarded annually to students with financial need. Preference is given to students from Scranton or Lackawanna County.

To learn about other established funds, please visit the links on the left under "Scholarships."

For information on how you can establish a named annual scholarship, please contact:

Trish Krisiak
Director of Stewardship & Donor Relations

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