Gannon Hall of Fame Member Establishes Endowment to Honor Parents

Posted: November 5, 2013

Rona L. Nesbit has awarded a $30,000 gift to Gannon University to establish The Richard and Peggie Miller Nesbit Endowed "Power" Scholarship and to benefit the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence.

Nesbit, the executive vice president of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, graduated in 1981 from Gannon with a bachelor's degree in accounting. A basketball standout, she scored more points in a Gannon uniform than any other player, male or female. Her number 22 was retired and she was inducted into the Gannon Athletics Hall of Fame in 1989.

"I established [the scholarship] in honor of my parents, who through their faith and the unconditional love and support of all of their children, instilled the value of a well-rounded education and the spirit of giving back," Nesbit said.

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.