Endowed Funds

StudentHoly Family University welcomes gifts to establish endowed funds to support its students and faculty. These funds can be used to award scholarships to deserving students, strengthen departments and programs, advance scholarship and research, and recognize outstanding faculty.

Endowed funds are a meaningful way to create a permanent legacy at Holy Family University for you, your family, or a loved one. Funds can also be named to honor or memorialize someone special to you.

Endowed funds are an investment in Holy Family University's future. The fund's principal is professionally invested and never spent. A portion of the investment earnings is used to make an annual distribution according to the wishes of the donor. Additional gifts can be made to increase the fund's principal, and thereby the annual distribution.

A minimum gift of $25,000 is required to establish an endowed fund, and can be payable over several years. For more information about Holy Family University's existing endowed funds or establishing a new fund, please contact Joshua Liss, Assistant Vice President for Development, at 267-341-3100 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Below is a list of current endowed funds at Holy Family University. We are grateful for the foresight and generosity of the donors who established these funds.


The Adele Leboy Scholarship for Women in Science was established in memory of Adele Smythe Leboy, Chemistry major, Class of 1962, to encourage and assist Sophomore, Junior, or Senior women students of great promise, whose academic achievement and commitment to careers in science indicate their ability to excel in the area of science to which they are committed. The scholarship was created in 2006 by Adele's husband, Edward Leboy, her business partner, Marcia Borysthen, colleagues, family, and friends as a tribute to Adele's personal and professional achievement, including her gift for mentoring others. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of merit and need, and is restricted to candidates who meet the required academic profile.

Established in 1978 by the Holy Family University Alumni Association, this endowed scholarship is awarded to the children of Holy Family graduates. The recipients are at least sophomore students, have a satisfactory record, and give evidence of financial need. It is not renewable.

The Anthony J. and Mary Ann Szuszczewicz Merit Scholarship is awarded to a Holy Family University undergraduate student on the basis of academic merit and all-round excellence, and a minimum grade point average of 3.5 is required. It is restricted to graduates of Nazareth Academy High School, the alma mater of Mary Ann. If there are no eligible graduates of Nazareth Academy, then preference is given to a promising student majoring in nursing.

Merit and financial need as well as a 2.5 or above grade point average are the basic requirements for students receiving this award. Additional criteria include service to others and involvement in campus activities and organizations, or volunteer work in the community, with special emphasis on leadership roles. An equally qualified candidate who is the son or daughter of an active member of the Parents and Friends of Holy Family University will be given preferred consideration. The recipient of the scholarship must accept a commitment to become involved with the Parents and Friends Organization as a volunteer-liaison with parents of students.

An endowed scholarship awarded annually by the Gondek families, it honors the memory of Florence S. Gondek, beloved wife of John Gondek, a long-time friend of Holy Family University. The award is based on merit and need and recognizes loyalty to the University and potential for success.

The Francis T. Markiewicz Memorial Scholarship is an endowed scholarship in memory of Francis T. Markiewicz, beloved brother of Theresa M. Krawiec. The award is based on academic merit and financial need and recognizes loyalty to the University and potential for success.

Established in 2010, this endowed scholarship is awarded to a full-time, undergraduate student with a 3.0 grade point average or above on the basis of a strong work ethic and potential for success, service and caring for others, and financial need.

The Gerardine Colgan Endowed Scholarship was established in December 2007 by Dennis Colgan, Chairman of the Board of Holy Family University, to honor his wife, Gerry, in perpetuity by assisting undergraduate students in need and of promise. The scholarship favors graduates of Little Flower High School for Girls and requires evidence of the ability to do college-level work. The scholarship aims to discover a vision of excellence and achievement in the students' lives, but whom others recognize as having the academic potential for success.

The James F. Higgins Annual Scholarship is awarded annually to one or more students who are majoring in accounting, have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, have demonstrated Holy Family's mission and core values, and have financial need.

The Janet V. Mackiewicz Endowed Scholar-Athlete Award is given annually to athletes, selected by the University's Department of Athletics, from each grade level, with the highest GPA. This award also recognizes and encourages athletes who balance athletic responsibilities with university studies. An additional qualification for the senior is that, without interruption, he or she will continue degree studies at Holy Family. These awards can be applied toward tuition, books, room, board, or other outstanding expenses owed to the University. The Institutional Scholarship Selection Committee will serve as steward for the award. Janet V. Mackiewicz is an athlete and retired teacher, who earned a dual B.A. in Psychology/Elementary Education from Holy Family in 1999 and a Masters of Education in 2009. Her GPA was 4.0. After retirement, she continued studies in art.

The Janet V. Mackiewicz Endowed Scholarship encourages and supports a values-oriented senior or graduate student of good character, with an inspiring gift for learning. This scholarship is strictly available for immigrants, or first- or second- generation descendants of immigrants, US citizens or not. A 3.5 cum or above is required with the recognition that GPA represents the scholar's desire to delve into content above and beyond what is required, because he or she realizes that university studies are an unique opportunity to become as knowledgeable, wise, and competent as possible about one's future contributions to our community, country, and world. This scholarship acknowledges the struggles and dynamics of world citizens within this group, no matter what the country of heritage. Janet is a grandchild of both maternal and fraternal immigrants from Poland.

This endowed scholarship was created in 1992 by the late Emanuel S. Kardon in honor of his secretary of 25 years, Jaye Grochowski, and is awarded annually. The scholarship recognizes academic merit and financial need as well as the qualities of character for which Jaye Grochowski is known: loyalty, dedication, service, caring, and commitment to Judeo-Christian values.

This endowed scholarship, established by their now deceased son, Casimir J. Machowski, is given to a student who values the freedoms of a citizen of the United States and lives them responsibly. In particular, attention is given to those who by their actions demonstrate the values of religious freedom, political involvement, or education.

The scholarship honors the memory of John Barclay, comptroller and business faculty member at Holy Family University from 1984-1989, who died in a tragic accident shortly thereafter. The scholarship was created as a tribute to John by his family. It is based on merit and need and is given to a student majoring in business and earning a grade point average of at least a 3.0. The award varies in size and is given annually to a student(s) exemplifying the qualities for which John Barclay will be remembered: integrity, loyalty, caring and dedication.

Given for the first time in 1991, the scholarship is awarded in memory of Jozef and Bronislawa Markiewicz by their children. An endowed scholarship, it recognizes the importance of education and the priority placed on it, even at great sacrifice, as demonstrated by the Markiewicz's sacrifice for their children's education. The scholarship is awarded to a serious student, qualified on the basis of both scholastic ability and financial need.

Established by Sister M. Rita Partyka on behalf of her sister, Leona Patterson, this scholarship is for a non-traditional female student, perhaps a needy adult who was not able to start or to continue her college/university studies because of a past serious, personal condition or obligating humanitarian situation which required her full-time care.

The family, faculty, and friends of Linda Gallagher created this award to honor her commitment to teaching and principles to which she dedicated her creative energies as a member of the Nursing division from 1984 to her sudden death on November 8, 1990. This scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in nursing, who exemplifies the characteristics that Linda exemplified: leadership in nursing, professionalism in nursing, scholarship in nursing, and service.

The family and friends of Marion Von Rosenstiel created this memorial scholarship to honor her life's commitment to teaching and the principles to which she dedicated her creative energies as a member of the English Department from 1964 to 1987. The endowed scholarship is awarded to a Junior majoring in English or Communications, is based on academic merit with a 3.5 GPA and scholastic promise. It is given only when the English and Communications faculty, in cooperation with an ISSC representative, recommends an exceptional student.

This endowed scholarship was established in memory of Robert F. McKeon by his cousin, Walter H. McKeon. The scholarship is awarded to an English/Communications major, who is a Junior or Senior student and who plans a career in journalism or related fields. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of merit, need, and potential for success.

Created by family and friends, this scholarship honors Samuel and Edith Veitz, parents of Sister M. Frances Veitz, CSFN, EdD, Assistant Director of Experiential Learning. It is awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need to a co-op or internship student who has successfully completed at least one semester at a work-site related to his/her academic major.

An endowed scholarship, the award provides a partial tuition scholarship to a full-time undergraduate Senior who is a concentrator in Psychology. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic achievement with a 3.5 GPA and participation in scholarly or service activities in psychology, especially activities on campus related to the profession.

Made possible through the generosity of Holy Family University's alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, and students, the scholarship was established in 2007 to celebrate former President Sister Francesca Onley's 25th year of service as President. This one-year scholarship is awarded annually to first-time, full-time freshmen.

This scholarship is awarded to a student of outstanding academic achievement, who also has significant need. Its purpose is to recognize, encourage and assist gifted students who persevere in their studies amidst financial and other challenges. The scholarship was established on the occasion of the 125th Anniversary of the Congregation's presence in America in 2010 and funded by the Holy Family Province, headquartered in Chicago, on behalf of all of the Sisters serving in America.

The Southampton Window Cleaning and Janitorial Service Scholarship was established at Holy Family University in 2006 by the firm's owners, the Geib Family, to provide recognition and encouragement and to assist a deserving student who maintains average or above average grades (2.5 GPA or above) and has shown perseverance and resourcefulness in meeting their responsibilities.

This endowed scholarship is given in memory of Stanislaus J. Markiewicz, beloved brother of Theresa M. Krawiec. The award is based on academic merit and financial need and recognizes loyalty to the University and potential for success.

This endowed scholarship was established in 2008 by Marianne G. Bradley, in memory of her parents, Mr. Stanley J. and Regina R. Gwiazda. Mr. Gwiazda served Holy Family University and its students as an academic advisor for many years. He also served as a professor of Mechanical Engineering and Dean of the Evening College at Drexel University. The selection of this scholarship is based on a combination of merit and financial need.

Established by Sister Aloysius Sabacinska, CSFN, PhD, and her family, this endowed scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit, financial need, loyalty to the University and potential for success. Sister Aloysius was the second president of the University (1959-1971), and continued to serve as records assistant and data entry specialist in continuing education from 1984 until she retired in 2002. The award honors the memory of her beloved brother-in-law, Stephen.

An endowed scholarship, the award was first given in 1992, and thereafter, annually, to a Holy Family University student who is of Polish descent (the son or daughter of either mother or father of Polish lineage/background). Awards are made on the basis of need and merit.