Mount Aloysius Science Program Receives Palumbo Charitable Trust Grant

Posted on: July 21, 2014

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Mr. John Kowach and his wife, Mary were the guests of the college during a recent visit. From left, are: Mrs. Mary Rae Kowach; Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley; Mr. John Kowach, executive director of the A.J. & Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust; Dr. Paul Farcus, associate academic dean and division chair of health studies and sciences; Mount Aloysius Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Jennifer Dubuque and Jara Dorsey-Lash, manager of advancement research and grants.

Cresson, Pa. – Mount Aloysius College’s Science students will see a lot brighter because of a $50,000 gift from the A.J. & Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust.  The donation will upgrade the microscopes in the College’s Pierce Hall science building and add several more.  Mount Aloysius College has a long history of support from the A.J. & Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust. The organization supported the College $70,000 towards science equipment for Pierce Hall over the past two years.  In 2007, a $25,000 gift helped in the restoration of historic Alumni Hall.

Dr. Merrilee Anderson, chairperson of the Science and Mathematics Department at Mount Aloysius College expressed the gratitude of the Science and Mathematics Department faculty.   “We are extremely grateful for the generosity and vision of the A.J. & Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust,” she said.  “As these Mount Aloysius students advance in their careers, the commitment of the Trust, both to Catholic education and to the health sciences, will continue to benefit the entire community for years to come.”

The A. J. and Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust is named for Mr. Antonio Palumbo who once stated that the greatest investment for the future was in the children and young adults of our country. His overwhelming commitment to youth was clearly exhibited in his support of educational institutions, hospitals, and other charitable organizations. Mr. Palumbo passed away on December 16, 2002, leaving a perpetual gift to benefit the community through his lasting generosity.

Discussing the gift to Mount Aloysius College, Mr. John Kowach, vice chairman of the A.J. & Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust said, “Mount Aloysius College is certainly known for its outstanding tradition of academic excellence and faith formation as it prepares students for the personal and professional challenges that they will face in the future,” Mr. Kovach added, “The A. J. and Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust is proud to support Mount Aloysius College, its mission, and its emphasis on the values of justice, hospitality, mercy, and service.”

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