Eye Surgeon Funds Gannon Scholarship in Memory of Grandparents

Richard Orlando, M.D.Posted: September 3, 2013

Richard G. Orlando, M.D., contributed $50,000 in memory of his grandparents to an endowed family scholarship that will benefit Gannon University students enrolled in the healthcare professions.

Orlando established the endowment in December 2000, but his latest gift will be matched by Gannon under the provisions of the Tom Power "Power" Scholarship Challenge.

Orlando's grandparents, Rose and Tony Orlando immigrated to the United States from Sicily, settling in Ashtabula, Ohio. Orlando earned his undergraduate degree in biology in 1976. His siblings, Nick and Francesca, also attended Gannon, graduating in 1982 and 1992, respectively.

In 1984, Orlando founded the Columbus (Ohio) Ophthalmology Associates and he is president and director of surgery of the five-doctor specialty group. He currently serves on Gannon University's Board of Trustees. He and his wife Cynthia live in Dublin, Ohio.

The Orlando Family Endowed "Power" Scholarship is among the almost 200 scholarships at Gannon endowed by corporations, foundations, families and individuals. Last year, Gannon University awarded nearly $914,000 in scholarships to more than 400 deserving students from a diversity of locations, backgrounds and financial circumstances.

Combined with the dozens of scholarships given by the University itself, these awards reached 337 students last year. Approximately 97 percent of students at Gannon University received some sort of scholarship award in the 2012-13 academic year.

Endowed gifts to Gannon can also help fund faculty positions, professorships, chairmanships, faculty excellence and study- abroad programs at the University.

For more information on the scholarship please contact Tony Fulgenzio, director of philanthropy at Gannon University, at 814-871-7786.