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 physician.

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.