Gannon University Provost’s Gift To Support Student Research

Posted: March 25, 2016

The Steven A. and Melissa M. Mauro Faculty-led Student Research Endowed "Power" Scholarship will help support undergraduate student research initiatives at Gannon University. Mauro is the University's acting provost and vice president for academic affairs.

"Faculty led student research is the main avenue by which many students receive the hands-on experience, training and mentorship in their field. The direct exposure of the student to their discipline through working with faculty who have the expertise to guide them is often the single most important factor that gives our students a competitive edge for job placement or continuing with education in their major," Steven Mauro said.

The $25,000 gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar under the provisions of the "Power" Scholarship Challenge and will fund student research as well as support the presentation of findings at regional and national meetings.

Mauro earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University at Buffalo in 1999 and his Ph.D. in 2003. He came to Gannon in 2013 as the Dean of the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences.

"I was very fortunate to be supported by a faculty mentor to attend a national conference when I was an undergraduate. That meeting made me realize what I wanted to pursue as a career path, and set in motion a course of action that led me to where I am today," Mauro said.

The Steven A. and Melissa M. Mauro Faculty-led Student Research Endowed "Power" Scholarship is among the 234 endowed scholarships at Gannon providing $914,000 in scholarship support annually to 413 deserving students from diverse locations, backgrounds and financial circumstances. Ninety-four percent of undergraduate 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.

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.