Founder of Nation's Largest Medical School Makes Generous Scholarship Gift to Gannon University
Posted: May 22, 2013
(Erie, PA) A gift from alumnus John M. Ferretti, D.O., in honor
of the Ferretti family, has endowed a "Power" Scholarship to
provide financial aid to students enrolled in one of the Lake Erie
College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Early Acceptance (EAP)
healthcare programs at Gannon University.
Dr. Ferretti, his brother Anthony, sister Silvia and nephew
Anthony attended Gannon before entering medical school. "I hope
that by endowing the Ferretti Family Scholarship, we will help
prepare more young people to enter the medical profession," said
Dr. Ferretti. "Through the Early Acceptance affiliation with
Gannon, these students will be prepared to enter LECOM directly
from the university."
Under the provisions of the "Power" Scholarship Challenge,
Gannon will match Dr. Ferretti's $75,000 gift dollar-for-dollar in
providing scholarship money for financially-deserving students who
are enrolled in any of the LECOM EAPs. These programs allow
potential medical, pharmacy and dental students to complete their
professional degree entrance requirements at Gannon in two, three
or four years.
With the Ferretti Family Scholarship and the shorter
undergraduate commitment, Gannon and LECOM are making the
professional health care degree more affordable to obtain.
Dr. Ferretti earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Gannon
College in 1969. After earning his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
degree in Philadelphia, he returned to Erie as an internal medicine
In 1992, he led Millcreek Community Hospital to the momentous
decision to build a college of osteopathic medicine in Erie.
Through his unwavering guidance, LECOM has grown to become the
largest medical college in the country and to expand to three
campuses in Pennsylvania and Florida. LECOM now prepares not only
physicians but also dentists and pharmacists with the inclusion of
a school of dental medicine and a school of pharmacy.
For more information on the scholarship please contact Tony
Fulgenzio, Director of Philanthropy at (814) 871-7786.