Gannon University Receives Gift of Support from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Highmark Check PresentationPosted: February 13, 2015

Gannon University President Keith Taylor, Ph.D. accepts a check from  Neil Parham, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield manager of community affairs


A gift of $20,000 from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield will support several programs at Gannon University. The majority of the funding will benefit six students in healthcare programs at Gannon as part of Highmark's annual academic scholarship support.

"Gannon University is an asset to our area, and a key partner for Highmark as we work to improve the health and wellness of the Erie community," said Neil Parham, Highmark manager of community affairs. "By providing these scholarships, we are able to help students who want to enter the healthcare field and will go on to truly make a difference in our community."

The remainder of the funding will support Gannon's Business Ambassador program, as well as sponsorship of the annual Women in Leadership Development (WILD) conference sponsored by the University's Small Business Development Center on April 29, 2015 at the Ambassador Banquet and Conference Center. "Highmark has been a valued supporter of WILD for a number of years and we are pleased to partner with them again for our 8th annual conference," stated Maggie Horne, the Center's director.

"The WILD conference is an important opportunity for us to work with Gannon and support the development of female leaders," Parham said. "The women that we see at this conference each year are truly inspiring, and we're pleased to be involved again this year."

There are 37 program funds at Gannon endowed by alumni, parents, friends, corporations and foundations totaling $5.1 million. Endowed gifts to Gannon can also help fund faculty professional development, student and faculty research, speaker series, study abroad, mission trips, academic departments and the library.

For more information on endowed program funds contact Tony Fulgenzio, executive director of philanthropy and communications at Gannon University, at (814) 871-7786.