Erie CPA Establishes Scholarship for Accounting Majors at Gannon University

Posted: February 14, 2014

William Steger, CPA, a 1966 graduate of Gannon University contributed $30,000 to establish the William J. Steger Family Endowed "Power" Scholarship in Accounting and to support Gannon's Annual Fund for Academic Excellence.

Steger earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Gannon College in 1966 and was a member of the Golden Knights rifle and baseball teams. Steger began his accounting career with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Cleveland and was a partner in several firms including Root, Spitznas & Smiley. He retired recently from Malin, Bergquist & Co., LLP of Erie.

When asked about the reason for establishing the scholarship Steger said, "My wife, Joy and I had been thinking about getting our estate plans in order to help support various local non-profits. The 'Power' Scholarship Challenge provided an opportunity to have our gift matched while helping future accountants earn their degrees."

The William J. Steger Family Endowed "Power" Scholarship is among the almost 200 scholarships at Gannon endowed by corporations, foundations, families and individuals. Last year, Gannon University awarded nearly $914,000 in scholarships to more than 400 deserving students from a diversity of locations, backgrounds and financial circumstances.

Approx 92 % of undergraduate students received some type of Gannon grant/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.