Gannon University Professor David Gustafson Makes $1 Million Gift
Posted: April 27, 2015
David J. Gustafson, a biology professor, and alumnus of Gannon
University, has made a $1 million gift to the University to
establish the David J. Gustafson Biology Scholarship Endowment
Fund, the David J. Gustafson Undergraduate Biology Student Research
Endowment Fund and the Carolyn A. Gustafson Endowed Scholarship in
Nursing. The nursing scholarship was established in honor of his
sister who passed away in 2014.
Jack Sims, vice president for university advancement said, "This
generous gift represents the largest such donation made by a
faculty-staff member in the history of the University."
Gustafson earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Gannon
in 1968, and his career with his alma mater covered the next 47
years. He began his teaching career as director and assistant
professor of biology at Villa Maria College in 1971. He later came
to Gannon serving in many roles over the years, including chairman
of the university's biology department. He was the recipient of
Distinguished Faculty Award in 1999 and the Bishop Persico "Veritas
in Caritate" Award for exemplifying faith, hope and love both in
and out of the Gannon community in 2014.
Gustafson said, "For over 50 years the Gustafson family has
enjoyed supporting the mission of Gannon University and Villa Maria
College, the learning experience and commitment to the Erie
community. It has been a true blessing to witness the growth of so
many individuals and to help them answer the question of 'how will
they live their life?' My life has been blessed to provide a
charitable contribution to help students who will touch and enrich
the future lives of so many."
A native of Erie, Carolyn Gustafson earned her Bachelor of
Science degree in nursing from Villa Maria College in 1969.
Throughout her distinguished career, Carolyn held several Nursing
positions including director of nursing for the Summit County
Health Department in Stow, Ohio; instructor of medical-surgical
nursing, community nursing and gerontological nursing at Akron
General Medical Center; head nurse for the medical-surgical units
at Erie Osteopathic Hospital; and adjunct professor at Case Western
Reserve University, Kent State University and the University of
Carolynn Masters, Ph.D., RN, provost and vice president for
academic affairs said of Carolyn Gustafson, "She was an
accomplished, dedicated and compassionate nursing practitioner,
educator and administrator, which we are proud to honor as we award
this scholarship in perpetuity."
There are 234 endowed scholarships at Gannon providing $914,000
in scholarship support annually to 413 deserving students from
diverse locations, backgrounds and financial circumstances.
Ninety-seven percent of students at Gannon University received
financial aid in the 2014-15 academic year. Endowed gifts to Gannon
can also help fund faculty professional development, student and
faculty research, speaker series, study-abroad programs, mission
trips, academic departments, athletics or the Library.
For more information on the scholarship contact Tony Fulgenzio,
executive director of philanthropy and communications at Gannon
University, at 814-871-7786.