Endowed Scholarship At Gannon University Honors Erie Couple

Posted: April 18, 2016

A $67,000 gift to Gannon University will establish the Edwin R. and Dolores A. Bindseil Memorial Endowed Scholarship. The generous estate gift benefits students studying engineering or nursing at Gannon who are alumni of Cathedral Preparatory School, Villa Maria Academy and Mercyhurst Preparatory School in Erie.

Barbara Miller of North Tonawanda, N.Y. is the Bindseil's daughter. "My parents' Catholic faith was the center of their lives and Catholic education was very important to them," Miller said.

Ed Bindseil studied engineering at Gannon and went on to serve as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1958 and returned to Erie to begin a rewarding career at American Sterilizer Company where he served for 32 years in many executive leadership roles.

Dolores Bindseil graduated from Villa Maria Academy in 1949 and worked as an x-ray technician at St. Vincent Hospital. The couple was active in many civic organizations and boards. Both served as eucharistic ministers at their parish, St. Jude Church in Erie.

"They actually met at the Gannon Eight-ball dance, that's how it all began," according to Miller.

The Edwin R. and Dolores A. Bindseil Memorial Endowed Scholarship is among 237 scholarships at Gannon endowed by alumni, parents, friends, corporations and foundations. Last year, Gannon University awarded $914,000 in endowed scholarships to more than 413 deserving students from a diversity of locations, backgrounds and financial circumstances. Just over 93 percent of undergraduate students at Gannon receive some type of financial aid.

Endowed gifts to Gannon can also help fund academic programs, faculty professional development, student and faculty research, speaker series, study-abroad, mission trips, academic departments and the Library.

For more information on the scholarship contact Tony Fulgenzio, executive director of philanthropy and communications at Gannon University, at 814-871-7786.