Ohio Couple Establishes Endowed Scholarship at Gannon University

Posted: July 15, 2014

 Robert and the late Vilma Smith of Stow, Ohio gifted $50,000 to Gannon University to establish the Robert D. and Vilma J. Smith Endowed "Power" Scholarship.

Robert Smith was raised in Erie, attended Gannon College and served in the U.S. Army after graduation. He taught at Penn State and has spent the past forty years at Kent State University where he is currently Professor Emeritus, management and leadership in the field of Healthcare Management.

"Vilma and I wanted to provide scholarship assistance to a student from Puerto Rico where Vilma was born and raised, and where we were married 47 years ago," said Smith.

Vilma Monserrate Smith earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Puerto Rico and a master's degree from Penn State University.

The Robert D. and Vilma J. Smith Endowed "Power" Scholarship is among the almost 200 scholarships at Gannon endowed by corporations, foundations, families and individuals. Last year, Gannon University awarded nearly $914,000 in scholarships to more than 400 deserving students from a diversity of locations, backgrounds and financial circumstances. More than 90 percent of undergraduate students received a form of Gannon grant or scholarship.

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.