Carlow University Offers Scholarship for Gun Violence Victims' Dependents

Carlow announces that it will provide a scholarship for students who are victims of gun violence or the family members of those who have been victimized. It is the Anne DeNardo McGowan, RN, JD Educating for Justice Endowed Scholarship.

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Anne DeNardo McGowan, RN, JD, ’60 Educating for Justice Endowed Scholarship

Pittsburgh, Pa. –
In conjunction with the launch of its Social Justice Institutes on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, Carlow University will announce that it will provide a scholarship for students who are victims of gun violence or the family members of those who have been victimized.

“Our university is committed to social justice and finding ways to collaborate with others in our community to create systemic change,” says Suzanne K. Mellon, Ph.D., Carlow University’s president. “Carlow’s Social Justice Institutes are tackling a wide range of issues that impact our neighborhoods, our city, and our region—and gun violence prevention is one of our primary initiatives for 2017.”

“Carlow’s Social Justice Institutes are designed to serve as an incubator for faculty research and community engagement,” says Mellon. “They build upon the values of the Sisters of Mercy and our role as a Catholic university.”

Alumni of the university have given gifts to support the Social Justice Institutes and the scholarship for students who are victims of gun violence.

The contributions that have been made so far are:

The Anne DeNardo McGowan, RN, JD ’60 Educating for Justice Endowed Scholarship, is a need-based scholarship for qualified students who are victims of societal issues or whose family members have been victimized; the Scholarship is renewable if the recipient continues to need financial aid. The 2017-2020 Educating for Justice Issue Area is gun violence prevention with topics for succeeding years to be determined.

In honor of their 50th Reunion, the Class of 1966 Legacy Endowment for the Social Justice Institutes at Carlow University will support the next generations of students to actively promote social justice in their lives reflecting the engagement of the Class of 1966 in major social justice issues during their student days such as the historic civil rights movement’s March on Selma.

Through the Mary Elizabeth Canterna ’67 Endowment for the Social Justice Institutes at Carlow the donor leaves her legacy to support the next generations of students and staff at Carlow University to be active at the forefront of social justice, to hold the vision of individual responsibility and respect for human rights, to support personal and professional growth, to foster community development and environmental justice, and to inspire and uphold the promise to represent those who don’t have the words or cannot speak for themselves.

“Carlow University alumni are some of the most dedicated and caring people in the world,” said Mellon.  “These gifts clearly demonstrate that compassion.”

Following the launch event for SJI on Tuesday, January 17, anyone interested in more information about the Anne DeNardo McGowan, RN, JD ’60 Educating for Justice Endowed Scholarship, or how you may contribute to help reduce gun violence, please visit



Editor’s Note:  Members of the news media are invited to attend the Social Justice Institutes launch event in the Kresge Center, located on the fifth floor of University Commons, on the Carlow University campus.  The event begins at 6 p.m.  Please call Drew Wilson on his cell phone – (412) 260-6807 – to arrange convenient, free parking.

About Carlow University’s Social Justice Institutes
The Social Justice Institutes includes the Grace Ann Geibel Institute for Justice and Social Responsibility and the Women of Spirit® Institute. The Geibel Institute engages students, faculty, staff and the community in research, education, and outreach that seeks to challenge systemic oppression. The new Women of Spirit® Institute will work to provide access to resources and programming for women seeking to create and implement solutions for social change. The collaboration between the two institutes will build capacity to make a sustainable impact in communities, locally and globally.

About Carlow University
Carlow is a private, co-educational, Catholic university located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s “Eds, Meds, and Tech” district. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Carlow’s graduates, curriculum, and partnerships reflect its strong commitment to social justice; ethical, forward-thinking and responsible leadership; and service to the community that has a meaningful impact. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in three colleges: Health and Wellness, Leadership and Social Change, and Learning and Innovation. Carlow graduates are in demand for their professional expertise, in fields ranging from nursing, the sciences, and perfusion technology to counseling, education, and forensic accounting; their entrepreneurial spirit and creative mindset; and their ability to manage change.  Carlow’s eleven athletic teams are known as the Celtics, a reflection of the university’s Irish heritage and roots.

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