Gannon Receives $12,500 Gift From Highmark

Highmark Grant Check 8-7-13Posted: September 6, 2013

Erie, Pa. - Gannon University received a $12,500 gift from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield to support its Annual Fund for Academic Excellence and the Gannon University Alumni Legacy Scholarship. Both initiatives provide students with scholarship support.

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield's senior community affairs specialist Neil Parham and senior client manager John Vanerstrom presented Gannon President Keith Taylor, Ph.D., with a check on Aug. 7.

"At Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, we're proud of our longstanding history of supporting education in the communities we serve," Parham said.

Thanks to the support of corporations like Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, 97 percent of students at Gannon received scholarship awards and financial aid in the 2012-13 academic year. Also, 46 percent of Gannon students are the first generation in their families to attend college, creating a greater importance for scholarship support.

For more information, contact Britt Daehnke, director of the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence, at (814) 871-7261 or daehnke001@gannon.edu.