Gannon University Receives Gift of Support from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Posted: February 13, 2015
Gannon University President Keith Taylor, Ph.D. accepts a check
from Neil Parham, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
manager of community affairs
A gift of $20,000 from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield will
support several programs at Gannon University. The majority of the
funding will benefit six students in healthcare programs at Gannon
as part of Highmark's annual academic scholarship support.
"Gannon University is an asset to our area, and a key partner
for Highmark as we work to improve the health and wellness of the
Erie community," said Neil Parham, Highmark manager of community
affairs. "By providing these scholarships, we are able to help
students who want to enter the healthcare field and will go on to
truly make a difference in our community."
The remainder of the funding will support Gannon's Business
Ambassador program, as well as sponsorship of the annual Women in Leadership Development (WILD) conference sponsored by the University's
Small Business Development Center on April 29, 2015 at the
Ambassador Banquet and Conference Center. "Highmark has been a
valued supporter of WILD for a number of years and we are pleased
to partner with them again for our 8th annual conference," stated
Maggie Horne, the Center's director.
"The WILD conference is an important opportunity for us to work
with Gannon and support the development of female leaders," Parham
said. "The women that we see at this conference each year are truly
inspiring, and we're pleased to be involved again this year."
There are 37 program funds at Gannon endowed by alumni, parents,
friends, corporations and foundations totaling $5.1 million.
Endowed gifts to Gannon can also help fund faculty professional
development, student and faculty research, speaker series, study
abroad, mission trips, academic departments and the library.
For more information on endowed program funds contact Tony
Fulgenzio, executive director of philanthropy and communications at
Gannon University, at (814) 871-7786.