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
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