Thomas Flynn ’22, Astoria. N.Y., far right, expressed gratitude on behalf of all scholarship recipients, accompanied by his parents, Thomas and Donna Flynn, and Sister Mary Persico, IHM, Marywood University President.

New Endowed and Annual Scholarships

Marywood University recently announced five new endowed scholarships, six new annual scholarships, and a new endowed special gift at the 2022 Scholarship Luncheon. The annual luncheon, a treasured tradition, provides benefactors and scholarship recipients the opportunity to meet face-to-face and to share their stories.

Christina Mace, MBA ’17, Senior Director of Development, opened the program by welcoming guests and recognizing this year’s scholarship honorees. Following lunch, Sister Mary Persico, IHM, Marywood University President, recognized the new scholarship benefactors and presented each of them with a citation.

Student scholarship recipients also played a prominent role in the program. Angelina Balestino ’22 and Daniel O’Brien ’22 offered the invocation and benediction, respectively. Robert Egan ’23 continued to recognize further scholarship honorees and Thomas Flynn ’22 paid tribute to the generosity of Marywood’s donors, expressing gratitude on behalf of all scholarship recipients.

Marywood awarded 382 named scholarships, exceeding one million dollars, for the 2021-2022 academic year. New endowed named scholarships can be established with a gift of $50,000 or more. New annual named scholarships can be established with a gift of $10,000 or more. For information on establishing a named scholarship, please contact the Office of University Advancement at 570-348-6238 or

Newly endowed scholarships include:

The Nancy Pfeiffer Loch ’69 and Harold Loch Endowed Scholarship, established by Nancy Loch and her late husband, Harold Loch, to provide aid for undergraduate students who share Nancy’s love of mathematics and physics.

The Mary Ann O’Hara ’58 and Julia O’Hara Murphy ’67 Endowed Scholarship, established by sisters Mary Ann O’Hara and Julia O’Hara to give aid to full-time undergraduate students with academic achievement and financial need.

The Marria L. O’Malley Walsh ’68 Endowed Scholarship, established by Marria L. O’Malley Walsh to support undergraduate students majoring in biological sciences with financial need.

The Josephine R. and Charles F. Wilson, Sr. Endowed Scholarship, established by Salli Wilson Tuozzolo ’67 in memory of her parents to provide aid to undergraduates majoring in education or business, with preference to those from her home region of central New York.

The John E. & Catherine A. Winters Scholarship Fund, established by Catherine Matturro Winters ’70 in memory of her late husband, John E. Winters, to honor his legacy of helping others by providing financial support to a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate majors.

A new endowed special gift also was established:

The Class of 1968 Amphitheatre Programmatic Endowment, established by the Marywood Class of 1968 to provide funding for programs and events held at the Michael and Gwen Calabro Delfino ’47 Amphitheatre.

Newly established annual scholarships include:

The Access and Achievement Scholarship, established during Giving Day 2021 under the leadership of Yerodin Lucas Ph.D. ’19 and Michael Bugno ’98, to give aid to achieving undergraduates and graduates with a preference for those who work closely with underrepresented racial minority groups.

The Andrew and Agnes Brenish Family Scholarship, established by Donna Brenish Whittaker ’71 to support undergraduates majoring in Respiratory Therapy as a means to express her gratitude to those who helped her late father, Andrew Brenish, through respiratory problems later in his life.

The Carol Conaboy Memorial Annual Scholarship, initiated by Kim Roberts in memory of her late aunt and respected Scranton School District English teacher, Carol Conaboy ’68, to provide support to undergraduates with preference to those majoring in English, Education, or the Arts from Lackawanna County.

The Brienna-Rae Cruz, M.A ’19 Memorial Annual Scholarship, established by Madeline Levy Cruz, M.S. ’11 in memory of her late daughter, Brienna-Rae Cruz, to assist 2nd year students in the Psy.D. Clinical Psychology program with preference given to those who work with historically marginalized populations.

The Mrs. Angela Marie Hyo Jae Ryoo-Kim Annual Scholarship, established by Hartmut and Antonia Gerod Schierling ’60 in memory of the late Mrs. Ryoo-Kim, to provide support to graduate students in the Master of Social Work program attending the Scranton Campus.

The Bernard and Anne Simoncic Memorial Annual Scholarship, established by Bernice Simoncic Lukus ’71, in memory of her parents to provide aid to undergraduates studying education with preference to those studying special education.