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
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
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.