Niagara University announced Monday that it has received a $2 million gift from James and Mary Glynn and their family. The gift will support important initiatives of the university, including the establishment of the Vincentian Scholars Program at Niagara University. In addition to the scholars program, the atrium in Bisgrove Hall will now be named the Glynn Family Atrium and a plaque will be placed in the atrium honoring The Glynn Family for their generosity and commitment to Niagara University.
"Our love for Niagara -- both the university and the local community -- also motivates us in our desire to partner with the university in developing an ongoing program that will make a real difference in the lives of the marginalized," said Jim Glynn. "All of this, of course, is fully keeping with the Vincentian mission of Niagara University."
"James and Mary Glynn have been outstanding supporters of Niagara University for many years. They have been generous in their giving of both their time and their resources to support the mission of the University," said the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., president of Niagara University. "In establishing the Vincentian Scholarship Program, they have demonstrated their commitment not only to Niagara, but also to the entire community. The Vincentian Scholars Program will be an incredible experience for our students, and for the communities they will serve throughout the program."
Designed to meet community needs, the Vincentian Scholars Program is a four-year curriculum that prepares students to step in and assist local, regional and national organizations that work with the poor and oppressed. Specific themes, goals and learning outcomes are outlined for each year, including a full year clinical internship that takes place during the fourth year.
A team of university and community partners has developed the program. Through this partnership, community organizations would also be involved in identifying and finding solutions to community issues. Administrators and executive directors will lead workshops in nonprofit administration and other topics that will enhance the skills and resumes of the students participating in the program.
The Vincentian Scholars Program offers an annual, renewable scholarship of $5,000 to three incoming freshmen each year.