Family’s Gift to Benefit High School Students and Forensic Investigation Center at Gannon

Posted: July 5, 2016

Retired GE Transportation executive, Tina (Cicchetti) Donikowski, `85 and her husband, Michael, have made a gift to Gannon University that will establish a "Power" Scholarship benefiting young women in the Erie area and initiatives in the University's Forensic Investigation Center.

The "Power" Scholarship will benefit women from Villa Maria Academy who study one of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines at Gannon.

Donikowski said, "With a degree in a STEM discipline, a young woman is well prepared for an exciting and rewarding career in industry, education, healthcare or any other field of her choosing."

Tina Donikowski retired as vice president of global locomotive operations after 38 years at GE. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in industrial management from Gannon in 1985 and serves as a member of the University's Board of Trustees.

The couple's gift will also establish a mock courtroom and casting pit in the Forensic Investigation Center. Additional funding will help economically deserving students attend the annual summer forensics camp at Gannon.

Michael Donikowski retired from the Presque Isle State Park police force in 1999.
"I wanted to ensure that young people, especially from disadvantaged circumstances, have a chance to experience the summer camp, he said. "As a retired police officer, I also felt it was important for students to have a real-life experience in the courtroom as part of their studies."

The scholarship portion of their gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar under the Provisions of the "Power" Scholarship Challenge. The gift will also be matched through a corporate match with General Electric.

The Donikowski Family Endowed "Power" Scholarship is among the 246 endowed scholarships at Gannon providing more than $1.3 million 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.