Gannon University Sophomore Awarded National Scholarship

Posted: May 24, 2013

Gannon University sophomore Nicole McAllister is one of approximately 200 students nationwide to have been awarded a scholarship by the Leopold Schepp Foundation of New York City earlier this month. She is believed to be the first Gannon student to have been so honored.

To be selected for the award, McAllister, a sophomore biology, pre-medical student in the University's Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences, was required to meet rigorous standards with respect to character, academic ability and financial need, and to conduct a personal interview with Foundation representatives in New York City.

The Schepp Foundation grants these individual awards each year to both full-time undergraduate students enrolled in four- year bachelor's degree programs and to full time-graduate students.

Sarah Ewing, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology and director of Gannon's pre-professional programs, said, "It's quite an honor for Nicole to have won this award, considering that among the 200 scholarships awarded include graduate and post- doc students. For Gannon University, her achievement highlights the type of students we have--students of character- and our ability to help them receive such opportunities."

The foundation was established in 1925 by Leopold Schepp, an immigrant from Germany, to encourage young people to develop good character and to help them complete their high school education, an opportunity he never had. Seven years later, the focus was changed to assist students in the nation's colleges and universities.