Statler Foundation awards Mercyhurst hospitality $118,500

Hospitality Management

The Statler Foundation, long a benefactor of Mercyhurst University, has awarded a grant of $118,579 to the university’s hospitality program, which just this past year took the name of the Statler Department of Hospitality Management. The latest allocation is part of a five-year, $1 million pledge to the hospitality management department, of which $550,000 has been received to date.  

Department Chair Beth Ann Sheldon expressed gratitude for the Statler Foundation’s generous gift, which she said would be applied toward supporting program initiatives and student scholarships.

The Statler Foundation was instrumental in providing funds for construction of the newest building on the Erie campus: the Center for Academic Engagement, which houses the hospitality program.

Daryl Georger, associate professor and coordinator of external relations for hospitality management, who is credited with cultivating the 15-year relationship between Mercyhurst and the Statler Foundation, said, “The foundation has allowed us to build a new facility where the students have the ability to learn on the newest and the best equipment that is available today.”

Besides Mercyhurst, the foundation recently awarded the following grants and scholarships, totaling $1.3 million, according to foundation Chairman Peter J. Fiorella Jr.: Paul Smith’s College, $150,275; Trocaire College, $145,000; Olmsted Center for the Impaired, $135,000; Erie Community College, $115,000; Rochester Institute of Technology, $80,812; SUNY Buffalo State, $70,274; Johnson & Wales University, $66,426; Florida International University, $51,481; Niagara County Community College, $30,000; Purdue University, $20,000; Cornell University, $20,000; Pennsylvania State University, $18,606; Michigan State University, $11,987; and Monroe Community College, $10,000. Niagara University was the largest recipient. A total of $180,000 was given as scholarships to hospitality students, and $100,000 was allocated for support of the hospitality programs and seminars for international leaders in the field.

Bookmark and Share

News Releases

Old Main
Two Mercyhurst students to show projects at Erie Collegiate Innovation Showcase
Matthew Vandeville and Rebecca Cratty to represent Mercyhurst.
wind
Mercyhurst recognized by EPA as leading Green Power User in PSAC
Mercyhurst beat conference rivals by using more than 14 million kilowatt-hours of green power.
DKemp
MNE dean’s podcast offers advice for student affairs professionals
Darcey Kemp featured on The Student Affairs Spectacular Podcast.

National News

Lough
Comcast Sportsnet- David Lough
Comcast Sportsnet profiles Mercyhurst alumnus and baseball standout David Lough.
MCAP
Philadelphia Inquirer-MCAP
Mercyhurst poll on legalization of marijuana is featured in this Philadelphia Inquirer report.
Richey
Tribune Review-Intelligence Studies
Intelligence studies featured in Pittsburgh Tribune-Review story on open-source intelligence.

Twitter