Baltimore Business Owner Supports Endowed Scholarship at Gannon University

Posted: July 28, 2016

Richard Beattie's gift of $30,000 will support the Pi Kappa Alpha Endowed "Power" Scholarship and Annual Fund for Academic Excellence at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. Beattie earned his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Gannon in 1992.

"The 'Power' Scholarship Challenge provided an opportunity for my gift to make a bigger impact upon those Gannon students who are members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity" Beattie said.

Beattie is currently an entrepreneur and business owner of the Mechanical Engineering & Construction Corporation (MEC2), which is engaged in the design and construction of commercial and industrial HVAC and plumbing systems. His other business ventures include real estate management, a commercial real estate acquisition and development group and an indoor sports facility.

The endowment supports those fraternity members who maintain a 3.5 grade point average. Beattie's gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar under the Provisions of the "Power" Scholarship Challenge.

The Pi Kappa Alpha 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 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, director of philanthropy at Gannon University, at 814-871-7786.