Mercyhurst seniors raising funds for Mike Folga Legacy Scholarship

Wednesday October 23, 2019

folgaThe university community came together in no small way last year in support of longtime hockey equipment manager and athletic trainer Mike Folga during his journey with cancer. Folgs, as he was affectionately called, died Aug. 31, leaving the Mercyhurst community to remember his irrepressible sense of humor, kindheartedness and willingness to serve.

Those characteristics were not lost on the Class of 2020; on the contrary, they were so moved by Folgs’ journey and the optimism that he maintained through it all that they have chosen to endow the Mike Folga Legacy Scholarship as their Senior Class Gift.

The fundraising continues this Friday, Oct. 25, when the Senior Class Gift Committee hosts a 50-50 drawing at the Ice Center where the Mercyhurst men will meet the Ohio State Buckeyes. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

“The senior class recognizes Mike Folga’s commitment to Mercyhurst, his service to the institution, and to the hockey community, and it is a legacy we want to preserve through this scholarship,” said Senior Gift Committee Chair Mitchell Marsh.

He said he is hopeful that the seniors will come out in full force to support this year’s gift, especially since it is intended to benefit a student who actively supports Mercyhurst but encounters a major setback that could jeopardize his or her education plans; for example, an illness, accident, family or financial problem.

Besides Marsh, students who worked on the scholarship plan include Lauren Wychowski, Summer Dutton and Claire Werynski.

“I have often said that it is the people who go to the heart of what makes Mercyhurst the outstanding institution that it is,” said university President Michael Victor. “That we were fortunate enough to have had the company of Mike Folga for more than 20 years, and that our students recognize the gifts of character that he so generously shared with us, is a tribute to them, to him, and to all of us at Mercyhurst University.”

Since 1989, each senior class has bid farewell to its alma mater by bestowing a gift upon the university. In 2018, the decision was made to create an annual scholarship as the gift, which is a more sustainable model, explained Lindsay Frank, director of alumni engagement and advisor to the Senior Gift Committee.

For further information on the scholarship, please visit this link.