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University Makes Voluntary Contribution to City

The University of Scranton presented the city of Scranton with its voluntary contribution of $200,000 for 2017, an increase or $25,000 from previous years. The University, in collaboration with city leaders, directed $150,000 of the contribution to support economic development initiatives targeting downtown Scranton. From left: representing the University are Gerry Zaboski, vice provost, enrollment management and external affairs; Julie Schumacher Cohen, director of community and government relation; and Rev. Herbert B. Keller, S.J., interim president; Bill Courtright, mayor, City of Scranton; Leslie Collins, executive director, Scranton Tomorrow; and Ken Okrepkie, board president, Scranton Tomorrow.
January 11, 2018

The University of Scranton once again provided a voluntary contribution to the City of Scranton. For 2017, the University increased its contribution to $200,000 and directed it to support specific priorities in collaboration with city leaders.

The University has provided a voluntary contribution to the City of Scranton and Lackawanna County for more than 30 years, providing an contribution of $175,000 in recent years. Since 1983, the University’s voluntary contributions to the City total more than $3.6 million.

 “Informed by conversations with city officials and economic and community development partners, the University has provided a $150,000 contribution to support economic development initiatives targeting downtown Scranton that are being undertaken by Scranton Tomorrow with the City’s endorsement and support, and a second contribution of $50,000 to support public safety, specifically the Scranton Police,” said Rev. Herbert B. Keller, interim president of The University of Scranton. “Taken together, these two contributions reflect a $25,000 increase in our voluntary contribution from past years.”

The voluntary contribution is among the many ways that the University gives to the community, which include the free health care services provided to uninsured patients through the Leahy Community Health and Family Center, numerous free performances, lectures and educational events, as well as the more than 175,000 hours of volunteer service given by students annually.

The University of Scranton presented the city of Scranton with its voluntary contribution of $200,000 for 2017. The University, in collaboration with city leaders, directed $50,000 of the contribution to support public safety, specifically the Scranton Police. From left: Donald Bergmann, chief of University police; Rev. Herbert B. Keller, S.J., interim president at the University; Bill Courtright, mayor, City of Scranton; and Carl Graziano, chief of the Scranton Police Department. The University’s voluntary contributions to the City total more than $3.6 million since 1983.

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