Gannon University Economics Professor Establishes Scholarship to Benefit St. Francis Prep Students

Posted: March 21, 2016

Professor Charles A. Bennett, who has been part of Gannon University's Dahlkemper School of Business for over 40 years, has continued his legacy with the establishment of the Professor Charles A. Bennett Endowed Scholarship to benefit graduates of Saint Francis Prep, his alma mater, in Fresh Meadows, N.Y. Both Bennett and his father graduated from the school, developing a 100-year-long relationship.

Bennett said, "I wanted to recognize the Franciscan values of the whole person--spiritual, intellectual, social, cultural and physical--that I received at St. Francis Prep by providing this scholarship at Gannon for deserving students."

Bennett earned his undergraduate degree in economics from St. Francis College in Brooklyn and his master's from Fordham University. While at Gannon he chaired the economics and finance departments winning many teaching awards and receiving the Leavey Award for Excellence in Economic Education from the Freedoms Foundation. Bennett retired in August 2014.

The Professor Charles A. Bennett Endowed 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.

More than 94 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.