Robert Smith was raised in Erie, attended Gannon College and
served in the U.S. Army after graduation. He taught at Penn State
and has spent the past forty years at Kent State University where
he is currently Professor Emeritus, management and leadership in
the field of Healthcare Management.
"Vilma and I wanted to provide scholarship assistance to a
student from Puerto Rico where Vilma was born and raised, and where
we were married 47 years ago," said Smith.
Vilma Monserrate Smith earned her undergraduate degree from the
University of Puerto Rico and a master's degree from Penn State
The Robert D. and Vilma J. Smith 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. More than 90 percent of
undergraduate students received a form of Gannon grant or
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)