Endowed Scholarship At Gannon University Honors Erie Couple
Posted: April 18, 2016
A $67,000 gift to Gannon University will establish the Edwin R.
and Dolores A. Bindseil Memorial Endowed Scholarship. The generous
estate gift benefits students studying engineering or nursing at
Gannon who are alumni of Cathedral Preparatory School, Villa Maria
Academy and Mercyhurst Preparatory School in Erie.
Barbara Miller of North Tonawanda, N.Y. is the Bindseil's
daughter. "My parents' Catholic faith was the center of their lives
and Catholic education was very important to them," Miller
Ed Bindseil studied engineering at Gannon and went on to serve
as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He earned his MBA from Harvard
Business School in 1958 and returned to Erie to begin a rewarding
career at American Sterilizer Company where he served for 32 years
in many executive leadership roles.
Dolores Bindseil graduated from Villa Maria Academy in 1949 and
worked as an x-ray technician at St. Vincent Hospital. The couple
was active in many civic organizations and boards. Both served as
eucharistic ministers at their parish, St. Jude Church in Erie.
"They actually met at the Gannon Eight-ball dance, that's how it
all began," according to Miller.
The Edwin R. and Dolores A. Bindseil Memorial Endowed
Scholarship 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 93 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.