Family’s Gift to Benefit High School Students and Forensic Investigation Center at Gannon
Posted: July 5, 2016
Retired GE Transportation executive, Tina (Cicchetti)
Donikowski, `85 and her husband, Michael, have made a gift to
Gannon University that will establish a "Power" Scholarship
benefiting young women in the Erie area and initiatives in the
University's Forensic Investigation Center.
The "Power" Scholarship will benefit women from Villa Maria
Academy who study one of the STEM (science, technology, engineering
and mathematics) disciplines at Gannon.
Donikowski said, "With a degree in a STEM discipline, a young
woman is well prepared for an exciting and rewarding career in
industry, education, healthcare or any other field of her
Tina Donikowski retired as vice president of global locomotive
operations after 38 years at GE. She earned her Bachelor of Science
degree in industrial management from Gannon in 1985 and serves as a
member of the University's Board of Trustees.
The couple's gift will also establish a mock courtroom and
casting pit in the Forensic Investigation Center. Additional
funding will help economically deserving students attend the annual
summer forensics camp at Gannon.
Michael Donikowski retired from the Presque Isle State Park
police force in 1999.
"I wanted to ensure that young people, especially from
disadvantaged circumstances, have a chance to experience the summer
camp, he said. "As a retired police officer, I also felt it was
important for students to have a real-life experience in the
courtroom as part of their studies."
The scholarship portion of their gift will be matched
dollar-for-dollar under the Provisions of the "Power" Scholarship
Challenge. The gift will also be matched through a corporate match
with General Electric.
The Donikowski Family Endowed "Power" Scholarship is among the
246 endowed scholarships at Gannon providing more than $1.3 million
in scholarship support annually to 413 deserving students from
diverse locations, backgrounds and financial circumstances.
Ninety-four percent of undergraduate 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
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, director of philanthropy at Gannon University, at