How Your Gift Helps

Whether you contribute to the Marywood Fund, endow a scholarship, or direct your gift to a specific program, your generosity touches the lives of our students. Need proof? Read these stories about students who have benefitted from gifts from donors like you.

Samantha Mushak '24

"Marywood donors have given me the gift of opportunities, and I hope to do the same for others. I can learn in a comfortable environment, spend time with valuable people, and make unforgettable memories. Although I can not actually shake the hand of every single Marywood donor, I can say thank you with a smile on my face to everyone I write to, speak with, and interact with"
Samantha Mushak '24 is thriving at Marywood thanks to her work ethic, humility, and passion.

Madison Howell '22

"I genuinely wouldn’t know what to say [to the donors] other than thank you. Honestly, the way I see it, the only way to thank the amazing people that have made my education possible is to show them that they invested in the right place and [the] right students. Marywood has completely changed my life for the better and has made me realize that all of my dreams are within reach. That would not have been possible if not for the thousands of donors who truly fund people’s dreams. Thank you."
Madison Howell'22 is giving back to Marywood with her service, leadership, and dedication.

George Thompson '24

"My favorite thing about Marywood is the people. From the students to the faculty, everyone has the same goal, to help you succeed! Throughout my one year at Marywood, I already have made connections with people that I know that will last a lifetime."
George Thompson ’24 is clearing hurdles on and off the track.

Noah Schock '22

"When I am able I will give to Marywood because I can see now how it impacts the students, faculty, staff, and anyone involved with Marywood and would want to be a part of continuing that and helping any way I could."
Noah Schock ’22 is leading the way in the classroom, on campus, and on the track.

Erin Flanagan

"Your generosity is why I am able to attend this school that I love."

Madison Howell

"The Marywood community is unmatched in its closeness, friendliness, and unity."

Ashley Kempa

"Semester after semester, you have reminded me that there are people who value me and my education. I am forever grateful for you and your generosity."

Elisa Kovacs

"It means so much to me to know that what I am doing is not just something I am doing for myself, but also something others want to support me in."

Hannah Longacre

"When God gave me an incredible scholarship through your generosity, it was God's way of telling me that Marywood was where He wanted me to go!"

Sarah Ounsworth

"I’m immensely grateful to people like you who show their support for Marywood students like me."

Priya Patel

"I would like to thank the people that made this financial contribution possible from the bottom of my heart."

Zachary Penzone

"Marywood gave me the best four years of my life - better friends than anyone can ask for and an amazing education. Thank you for giving me a pathway to an amazing life."

Seth Soriano

"Without your support I wouldn’t be in college chasing my dreams. Thank you!"

Analy Tejada

"I am grateful and humbled to have been chosen as a recipient of the Dr. Fergus T. Monahan School of Social Work Scholarship."

Sharra Walton

"I am deeply humbled that this scholarship affords me the chance to continue to live a life of service for God and others."

Mara Bennett '22

"The greatest lesson that I have learned while attending Marywood is that we truly live in an interdependent world; we could not function on our own, and we need the lives of those around us to encourage growth and success."
Mara Bennett ’22 is determined to give a voice to those who need help finding one.

Michael Romano '25

"I would like to someday set up a scholarship fund for students in need, to give back in the way I was helped so much in life."
Michael Romano '25 is determined to succeed in architcture and give back along the way.

Oneisha Cabrera '22

"There is a genuine care and desire on the faculty’s part to help students succeed."
Oneisha Cabrera '22 is following her dreams and making history in the process as a first-generation student.

Joseph Guida '21

"I have met so many incredible people during my time at Marywood and these are people who I know after my time is up next May I can turn to and will still be connected with."
Joe Guida '21 is pursuing two of his passions at Marywood while realizing his purpose.

Makenzie Reinhard '22

"I would love to remain as involved as possible to continue giving back to the Marywood community and work to make the university the best it can be. There are many platforms and people to support and encourage positive change."
The desire to help people always spoke to Makenzie Reinhard ’22.

Omar Ramos '21

"“If I can, I would like to give to Marywood in any way I can. I feel as though I have grown so much. Marywood introduces its students to a great education, but also allows students to face real world problems."
Omar Ramos ’21 is making it his business to prove hard work pays off.

Karsyn Moore '21

"Having donors at Marywood has allowed me to focus on my education and extra circulars while relieving the financial burden on my family and I. I was able to focus on enjoying my college experience rather than having to work full-time. "
Karsyn Moore is designing a unique and meaningful legacy at Marywood.

Tara Ippolito '22

"I would thank the donors for being so generous and kind in giving to Marywood and helping students excel in more ways than one. We don’t just excel in our education, but we’re also growing within ourselves, within our friendships, and within everything else that we are a part of and none of that would be possible without the donors. "
Tara always knew her passion was to serve others. She's pursuing that passion at Marywood.

Brittany Whais '22

"As a mother of five children, full-time pediatric nurse, and returning to university at age 39, this scholarship has enabled me to achieve dreams I put on hold for decades. I am so grateful."
Brittany is a shining example of the core value of excellence. She is pursuing her academic dreams again at Marywood in addition to being a Mom and a full-time pediatric nurse.

Emily Matzinger '20

"I am amazed by your generosity, and thankful for the example you have set, to live compassionately, and to give when you can."
Emily is ready to live the core value of service to others through social work.

Kate Kollar-Dye '23

"I’ve always wanted to make a difference in this world, and with the help of your generosity that vision is becoming a reality."
Kate is on her way to making a difference in the world starting right here at Marywood.

Thomas Flynn '22

"I truly feel like everyone on campus is my family whether it is a classmate, a friend, or a professor."
Thomas is carrying on his family's legacy of service and excellence at Marywood.

Colin Burke '22

"This scholarship allowed me to attend a university that shares the same values as I do, while providing me with a quality education"
Colin is seizing the opportunity to achieve his dreams at a school that stands for the same things he does.

Harlow Alexander '20

"Thanks to you, I am able to pursue my passions and dedicate my time and focus on my craft."
Harlow is pursuing her passion of sharing the gift of music with future generations.

Brandon Freely '20

"I would like to thank donors for all the opportunities that Marywood has given me. There’s so many things that I’ve done here that I didn’t think that I would get to do throughout college especially this past year with the light show. I never thought that I would do that here at college, but my experience has been so much more than what’s in the classroom."
Always drawn to design, Brandon followed his passion at Marywood and found his purpose in the process.

Thomas Flynn '22

"Throughout my life, my mom has taught me many lessons that align with the core values of Marywood...When it came time to decide where to go to college, I knew the choice was clear."
A Legacy Student, Thomas Flynn '22 followed in his mom's footsteps as he thrives and grows at Marywood.

Isabelle Jarrow '22

"Marywood has had such an influence on feels like home."
A talented student with a passion for genetic research, Isabelle balances school, work, extra-curriculars, and her faith while at Marywood.

Cathleen Bateman '19

"We can not fully experience the incredible impacts sparked at Marywood until we ourselves are truly prepared and open to let them into our lives."
Cathleen came to Marywood with a plan - and left with an understanding of her calling.

Tori Kaleycik '19

"Lead with compassion. Instead of judging at a person or situation with preconceived notions upon first interaction, choose to learn before making assumptions."
Marywood's commitment to service and faith helped Tori not just pursue her passion in Dietetics, but discover her true purpose of helping children and adolescents through nutrition education.

Brandon Morley '19

"Marywood is a place where everyone says hello, everyone holds a door, and everyone gets involved."
Brandon found a passionate, empowering community at Marywood that helped him succeed in his studies and grow as a person.

Laura Niederer '18

"Change is inevitable...embrace it and develop yourself along with it."
Laura Niederer, a Marywood scholarship recipient, reflected on how her time at Marywood helped her change and grow as a person.

Brandon Sodani '18

"I am the first in my family to attend college. When I walk across that stage at graduation, it will be a proud moment for me and my family."
Brandon is the first in his family to attend college. The importance of this achievement is not lost on Brandon.

Lizzy Bednar '18

"We help one another at Marywood. This motivates me to pay it forward and make a difference."
Lizzy Bednar plans to use her talents and the education she receives at Marywood to "pay it forward" - both through her career goals as well as through her involvement with the university.

Lauren Olsen '14 (M.S. '15)

"I have grown and evolved as a person at Marywood. I walked in as a shy and timid freshman and walked out as a leader with a Master's degree"
Lauren Olsen's fondest memories are the annual Christmas tree lighting, commencement, and the numerous volunteer projects she participated in.