Inspiration for the Next Generation Award
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Gannon University Alumni Association
Inspiration for the Next Generation Award


The Inspiration for the Next Generation Award recognizes a graduating senior who reflects the ideals, mission and character of Gannon University. This includes, but is not limited to academic achievement, high moral character, leadership, service and commitment to Gannon University.

Award Eligibility:

1. Any graduating senior, or past semester December graduate, completing his/her Associate or Bachelor's degree is eligible to apply.

2. Students may nominate themselves OR be nominated by a Gannon peer, teacher or faculty member.  

3. All applicants must submit a completed application package, either electronically or by download, at the bottom of the page, which includes:

     a. A completed application form

     b. A short essay (500 words or less) to describe:

As a new alumnus, how would accomplish the following objectives?
1) Educate current students about the alumni community 
2) Connect current students with Gannon alumni 
3) Foster a sense of ‘community’ and ‘belonging’ amongst your fellow alumni
4) Demonstrate how as a student you have supported the Gannon University Mission. How do you plan to support the mission as an alumnus?

      c. One (1) letter of recommendation (500 words or less) from a professional Gannon University faculty, staff, or administrator

      d. A copy of your co-curricular transcript, which can be obtained from 

Directions for how to access your engage U (co-curricular) Transcript:

Go to
Click on engage U logo under My Applications
Log onto engage U
Click on your name in the upper right hand corner
Click on Involvement
Click on engage U Transcript 

      e. Include an updated resume


Award Selection Criteria: 

The ideal candidate should exemplify the following characteristics:

a. Exceptional academic achievement

b. High moral character

c. Leadership

d. Service and commitment to Gannon University

e. Willingness to support the ongoing efforts of the National Alumni Board

All materials must be submitted by March 2, 2020 in order to be fully considered.  The Selection Committee of  the National Alumni Board will review applicants/nominees and make a final selection by March 20, 2020.  The  award winner will be notified by March 25, 2020 and will be asked to attend the annual Gannon University Founders' Day Awards Ceremony on May 8, 2020 and will be awarded a $150.00 prize.

Submission Instructions:

1. Applications can be submitted electronically (see below) or in person to the Alumni Services Office.
2. Completed application packages must be received in the Gannon University Alumni Services Office by close of business (4:30pm EST) on March 2, 2020.
3. If completing written application package, materials should be sent/delivered to the following address: 

Gannon University Alumni Services Office
Attn: Tami Faram
Director, Alumni Services
109 University Square
Erie, PA 16541

Apply for the Inspiration for the Next Generation Award here

Click here to download the application package. 


Please direct questions regarding this application to Tami Faram, Gannon University Director of Alumni Services, (814) 871-7473 or via email at

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Gannon is a Catholic, Diocesan University dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Our faculty and staff prepare students to be global citizens through programs grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and professional specializations. Inspired by the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, we offer a comprehensive, values-centered learning experience that emphasizes faith, leadership, inclusiveness and social responsibility.