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.

  • 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 George V. Babcock Memorial Annual Scholarship:  Established in 2009 by Professor Babcock's wife, Mary, the fund benefits a student studying economics in the Kania School of Management.

  • The Rita and Bernard Bagley Memorial Scholarship: Established in 1990 by the children of Mr. and Mrs. Bagley, this scholarship is available to residents of Sullivan County, with preference to parishioners of St. Basil's Church in Dushore.
  • 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 Timothy P. Conniff '92 Annual Scholarship: Established by Timothy P. Conniff ’92 in 2016, this annual scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students from the Kania School of Management.
  • 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 Crane Fund for Widows and Children Scholarship: This scholarship is a need-based scholarship granted to widows and children of men who, at their death, left their widows and children without adequate means of support. Funding is also provided for deserving wives and/or children of men whom they depend on for support, but because of age or other disability, are unable to adequately offer support.

  • 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 James A. Gilmore '41 and Regina M. Gilmore Scholarship:  Created through an estate gift from Regina Gilmore, this scholarship provides assistance to Lackawanna County students.
  • 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 Louis G. Holterhoff G’91 Annual Scholarship:  This scholarship was established in 2019 by Judith Holterhoff to honor the memory of her husband, Louis G’91. This scholarship is awarded to an on-campus graduate student pursuing a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling.  Preference should be given to non-traditional student such as mid-career professionals returning to school after an absence.
  • 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 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 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 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 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.

  • 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.
  • 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 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 Royal Fund Financial Aid Textbook Award: This is a need-based award given to incoming freshmen to assist with the purchase of textbooks. Funds for this award are raised almost entirely by other students.

  • 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 Rich and Michele Russo Annual Scholarship: Established in 2018 to honor Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J. on the occasion of his installation as 27th President of The University of Scranton, this scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student with financial need.

  • The Dr. Bernard Shair Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship, established by family, friends, and colleagues of Dr. Shair 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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