New Gannon University Scholarship Celebrates Legacy of Monsignor James Peterson

Posted: November 25, 2014

A $100,000 endowed "Power" Scholarship at Gannon University will honor the legacy of an Erie priest who devoted much of his life to helping those who were on the margins of society.

The late Monsignor James Peterson was the founder of Maria House Project, which provided a faith-based living community for men healing from the effects of drug and alcohol addiction, imprisonment and homelessness.

The scholarship was established by an anonymous alumnus of Gannon's St. Thomas More Club whose life was touched by Peterson. "I just wanted to do something to remember Fr. Pete, who greatly influenced my life and so many others by honoring his selfless dedication to those who suffer from addictions, imprisonment and homelessness. Providing an endowed scholarship in perpetuity to those who would choose to follow by his example seemed to me to be a perfect way to honor his legacy," the anonymous donor said.

The donor's gift of $50,000 will be matched under the provisions of the "Power" Scholarship Challenge and will benefit students who maintain a GPA of 3.0 and are enrolled in the Departments of Social Sciences or Theology, with special consideration given to recovered drug or alcohol abusers or former prisoners, particularly those rehabilitated through the Maria House Projects.

Any individual, foundation, trust, company, or organization may at any time make additional gifts to the principle of the Monsignor James Peterson Endowed "Power" Scholarship.

The Monsignor James Peterson 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 a 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.