Gannon University Students Compete for Full-Tuition Scholarships

Posted: March 17, 2014

More than 100 highly qualified students showed off creations that ranged from works of art, musical pieces and video production to golf course design and baton skills in the annual full-tuition scholarship competition held at Gannon University. Student presenters were judged by panels of faculty, staff and administrators, not only on their presentations but also on a question-and-answer session that followed. In the end, seven top-scoring students were awarded full-tuition scholarship offers to attend Gannon.

"The students invited to participate represent the top ten percent of our acceptance pool for the 2014 fall academic year" said Tom Camillo, director of undergraduate admissions. "These are high-quality academic students who are also heavily involved in their schools and communities. It is a pleasure to interact with them during the competition and imagine the possibilities they may achieve at Gannon."

Narrowing down the winners was no easy task, however the following individuals were offered full-tuition scholarships:


  • Alexandra Begley, a Williamsville, N.Y. native, authored and illustrated a children's book that showcased her  development from childhood to volunteering and shadowing in hospitals, which solidified her desire to become an  emergency medicine physician's assistant. Begley is vice president of her school's National Honor Society and is also  involved in student council, lacrosse and field hockey.
  • Morgan Grzegorzewski, a Cincinnati, Ohio native, presented a poster that explained the experiences and opportunities  that helped her to develop the foundation to solidify future goals. Grzegorzewski is a member of National Honor Society,  Global Language National Honor Society and played varsity and club water polo for four years, earning the Aqua  Aviator Award as the player who, through the entire season had been a team motivator. Grzegorzewski was also a  member of the GMC All Academic, All Ohio second team, and helped her team finish in second place at the state  championships for two years. She also volunteers as a coach for the Special Olympics swim team and her school  district's junior high school's girl's lacrosse team.
  • Cassandra Bielecki, an Orchard Park, N.Y. native, created a whimsical children's book that demonstrated her core belief  that anything seems possible when we are children. Bielecki is an avid reader, loves music and singing jazz. She also  enjoys target shooting and writing poetry and short stories.
  • Aerial Pratt, a West Middlesex, Pa. native, used a "Wizard of Oz" theme for her multimedia work that presented her  personal and professional goals for life after college. She symbolized her journey along a yellow brick road with each  goal represented by a building along the path, ultimately leading to a future Emerald City. 


Other full tuition scholarship awards were offered to Maureen Grady from Rockford, Ill.; Rebecca Jasen from Buffalo, N.Y.;  and Resham Dhaduk from Jersey City, N.J. In addition to the full-tuition scholarship offers, all students who participated  received an increase in their merit scholarship award simply in recognition of their achievements and worthy presentations.