DuBois CPA Establishes Scholarship At Gannon Honoring Wife and Her Career as a Teacher

Posted: September 9, 2016

Gannon University announces Mike Piccirillo's gift establishing an endowed "Power" scholarship benefiting education majors from Elk County, Pennsylvania. The scholarship also honors the long and outstanding teaching career of his wife, now retired, Mary Ann (Herzing) Piccirillo.

After earning her degree in education from Villa Maria College in 1963 and during her long career, Mary Ann taught in school systems in Elk, Cameron and Clearfield Counties in Pennsylvania.

She was best known as a wonderful mentor and teacher while at DuBois Area Catholic Middle School where she taught English, speech, literature, leadership, social sciences and theology. She was also long- time advisor to the National Junior Honor Society.

Mike Piccirillo, a 1961 Gannon College graduate, is a senior partner and CPA with Sharkey Piccirillo Keen LLP of DuBois. Piccirillo said "I can't think of a better way to honor Mary Ann's years of dedicated teaching than to help future teachers someday make a difference in the lives of young people."

The Mike and Mary Ann Piccirillo Endowed "Power" Scholarship in Education will be matched dollar-for- dollar under the provisions of the "Power" Scholarship Challenge.

The Mike and Mary Ann Piccirillo Endowed "Power" Scholarship in Education 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 94 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 contact Tony Fulgenzio, director of philanthropy at Gannon University, at 814-871-7786.