Gannon University to Host Full-Tuition Scholarship Competition

Posted: January 31, 2018

About 100 high school students from across the United States will converge on the Gannon University campus Saturday, Feb. 3 with one shared goal in mind: Winning one of up to 10 full-tuition scholarships.

The scholarships are awarded as part of an annual, invitation-only competition in which students present original creations that showcase what they hope to achieve in their personal or professional life after graduating from college. Submissions may include, but are not limited to, a photo, a drawing, a poem or a collage. Participants also are asked to explain how their submission demonstrates what they hope to achieve. Submissions are judged on creativity, originality, relevance, presentation and explanation.

Following an interview with a panel of judges, students can tour campus and meet with faculty and representatives from Admissions, Financial Aid and other offices. The day culminates in a Scholarship Luncheon during which Charles "Boo" Hagerty, chief development officer of the Hamot Health Foundation and a friend of the University, will speak to the value of a Gannon education.

First-year physical therapy student Kyle Peck of Geneva, Ohio, was one of eight students awarded a full-tuition scholarship as part of the 2017 competition.

Peck discovered Gannon at a college fair and "fell in love" when he visited campus.

"I knew this was the place I wanted to be," he said.

Peck decided to enter the competition, presenting a scientific experiment in which he combined two groups of ingredients: One group that represented what he would bring to Gannon - a commitment to community service and leadership, among other qualities - and another that represented what Gannon meant to him - a private university with friendly faculty and staff and state-of-the-art technology. Together the ingredients make for a successful Gannon graduate, Peck explained to the judges.

The combination of the all the ingredients resulted in an eruption of maroon and gold foam. Peck took off a white lab coat he'd been wearing to reveal a graduation gown.

"When I found out I won I was overjoyed, because that meant I could come here," Peck said. "I wouldn't be here without it."

This year's participants represent California, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, and Wisconsin. Participants who are not awarded a full-tuition scholarship will receive an additional $1,500 financial aid award.