Retired NASA Scientist Establishes Gannon Scholarship

Posted: July 28, 2014

John and Louise Mangus first established a scholarship in 2000 benefiting Warren County, Pennsylvania students at Gannon University. The couple has made an additional gift of $25,000 that will be matched by the University under the provisions of the "Power" Scholarship Challenge. The scholarship benefits Warren County students attending Gannon who are enrolled in the sciences.

John Mangus received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Gannon in 1956. He subsequently earned his Master of Science degree in physics from Penn State. He established the Optics Branch at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, and worked as a civil servant for 32 years, retiring as a senior scientist in the Space Science Directorate. He worked on the first weather, solar observing, civilian earth observing, cosmological and astronomy satellites. Mangus has been a consultant to NASA for the last 20 years serving as a member of an independent committee that oversaw the Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions. He has spent the last 14 years reviewing the development of the James Webb Space Telescope.

Mangus said, "Back when I was in high school, Gannon offered a break on tuition for students with a B average, so I applied. I felt that this is a good time to give back."

Mangus, a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, is the recipient of the NASA Outstanding Leadership and Exceptional Achievement Medals, the GSFC Merit Award, and was honored with Gannon's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1997. His wife, Louise, graduated from Lake Erie College and taught biology at Hood College in Maryland.

The John and Louise Mangus 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 some type 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.