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    Students Awarded Scholarship for 9/11 Essays

    Following a fall-semester campus visit by 9/11 first responders, two University of Scranton students were awarded scholarships from the FealGood Foundation. The visit was sponsored by the University’s Ellacuria Initiative as part of its 2017-19 theme of health.
    July 23, 2019

    Two University of Scranton first-year students were awarded scholarships from the FealGood Foundation for their essay submissions following a fall-semester campus visit by 9/11 first responders.

    The Ellacuria Initiative, as part of its 2017-19 theme of health, sponsored a campus visit by Rich Palmer, a first responder and a corrections officer on 9/11; Tom Wilson, a first responder and member of the New York Police Department on 9/11; and John Feal, a first responder and a construction demolition expert at Ground Zero on 9/11 and founder/president of the FealGood Foundation. They spoke to students in a first-year seminar “Making Meaning of 9/11,” taught by Teresa Grettano, Ph.D., associate professor of English and theatre, and in a counseling and human services course on “Crisis Management,” taught by professor Gerry Barber, director of the University’s Counseling Training Center. They also lunched with students majoring in criminal justice and delivered an evening lecture to University students and faculty. 

    In response to his visit, Feal ran an essay contest in which students were asked to reflect on 9/11 and what they had learned from it. On behalf of Palmer and Wilson, the FealGood Foundation awarded two $500 scholarships to first-year students Gianna Costanzo, Bensalem, and Makaela Dionne, Newton, New Jersey, both of whom were enrolled in Dr. Grettano’s first-year seminar.

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