Lesley and Tony Ryan Establish Four Full-Tuition Nursing Scholarships at Gannon University

Posted: February 18, 2016

Carole "Lesley" (Schuster) Ryan and her husband Tony of Naples, Florida have made a gift to fund four full- tuition Nursing scholarships at Gannon University. Lesley earned her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Villa Maria College in 1976 and became Erie's first enterostomal therapist. "During my career, I worked at every hospital and on every shift." Lesley says. "My goal was to provide compassionate and professional service to my patients."

Tony Ryan earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and went on to become co-founder of Rent-Way. He also held leadership roles in some of Erie's biggest industrial companies including Johnson Control, Skinner Engine and Spectrum Control.

"With this gift, we can have a significant impact on generations of Nursing students," said Tony. Their daughter, Karen Ryan earned her master's degree from Gannon and the couple's granddaughter, Madison Manchester is a current student.

The scholarship will benefit students enrolled in the Villa Maria School of Nursing at Gannon University. The Lesley and Tony Ryan Endowed Scholarship in Nursing is among 237 scholarships at Gannon endowed by alumni, parents, friends, corporations and foundations. Last year, Gannon University awarded $914,000 in endowed scholarships to more than 413 deserving students from a diversity of locations, backgrounds and financial circumstances. Just over

95 percent of undergraduate students at Gannon receive some type of financial aid.

Endowed gifts to Gannon can also help fund academic programs, faculty professional development, student and faculty research, speaker series, study-abroad, mission trips, academic departments and the Library.

For more information on the scholarship contact Tony Fulgenzio, executive director of philanthropy and communications at Gannon University, at 814-871-7786. 

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