Scholarship Established in Memory of Gannon Student

Posted: June 9, 2015

A newly established scholarship at Gannon University will benefit Nursing students with financial need and honor the memory of Abbie Brynda. The Gannon Nursing student and Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority member died unexpectedly in February 2014.

Dr. Keith Taylor, Gannon President, states, "Our hearts were heavy when Abbie passed away last year, but the tragedy allowed for the true spirit of Gannon to shine. The campus community rallied together to support one another through a time of mourning. The scholarship started by Abbie's sorority will help generations of Gannon Nursing students and will forever honor Abbie's legacy."

Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority members, students, alumni, employees, family, and friends of Abbie are working together to raise funds for the gift that will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Gannon University.

Delaney Williams-Ryan, current Gannon student and Chair of the Abbie Brynda Scholarship states, "we are busy raising money to make this scholarship happen in Abbie's memory because she was so important to all of us. It is personal to our sorority and many others in the Gannon Community."

To make a gift to the scholarship, click here or mail a check, made payable to Gannon University/Abbie Brynda Scholarship, to: University Advancement
Gannon University, 109 University Square Erie, PA 16541

The Abrielle Brynda Memorial Endowed "Power" Scholarship in Nursing is among the 234 endowed scholarships at Gannon providing $914,000 in scholarship support annually to 413 deserving students from diverse locations, backgrounds and financial circumstances. Ninety-five percent of 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, executive director of philanthropy and communications at Gannon University, at (814) 871-7786. 

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