Son of Long-time Gannon Professor Establishes Scholarship to Honor Parents

Posted: January 15, 2014

Christopher and Barbara Kohlmiller, of Kennesaw, Ga. have made a gift to Gannon University to establish the Dr. Elmer F. and Margaret C. Kohlmiller Endowed "Power" Scholarship in Biology. Chris is a retired employee with The Coca-Cola Company and said "We're happy to make this small effort to keep the Kohlmiller name associated with Gannon for future generations."

The scholarship benefits biology majors at Gannon who maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and who are graduates of Erie diocesan high schools.

An Erie native, Elmer F. Kohlmiller, Ph.D. attended St. Andrew School, Cathedral Preparatory School and Gannon College. He earned an undergraduate degree and a master's degree, both from Western Reserve University. He earned his doctorate from St. Thomas Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Elmer Frank Kohlmiller taught biology at Gannon for 26 years (1956-1958 and 1960-1983) and chaired the University's biology department. His wife, Margaret Catherine (Westcott) Kohlmiller, graduated from John Carroll University and also dedicated much of her career to academia, teaching in both the Catholic and public school systems in Erie.

The Kohlmiller Family Endowed "Power" Scholarship is among the almost 200 scholarships at Gannon endowed by corporations, foundations, families and individuals. Approximately 97 percent of students at Gannon University received some sort of scholarship award in the 2012-13 academic year. Endowed gifts to Gannon can also help fund faculty positions, professorships, chairmanships, faculty excellence and study-abroad programs at the University.

For more information on the scholarship please contact Tony Fulgenzio, director of philanthropy at Gannon University, at 814-871-7786