Second Annual Wissahickon and Gwynedd Mercy University Opportunity Scholarship Awarded
Wissahickon High School Senior Nia Murray was awarded The Wissahickon and Gwynedd Mercy University Opportunity Scholarship on Monday, November 14.
The scholarship program provides one deserving student a four-year, full tuition scholarship to attend GMercyU as an Early Education major and then return to Wissahickon School District as a K-4 teacher.
GMercyU President Deanne H. D’Emilio, JD and Wissahickon School District Superintendent James Crisfield, EdD presented Nia with the scholarship at a special ceremony at Wissahickon High School.
“We are grateful and excited for this initiative to continue that will support an education candidate who has a desire to attend GMercyU and then return to their alma mater to teach in their former neighborhood and school. We are super excited to welcome Nia as this year’s Wissahickon Opportunity Scholarship recipient, member of the class of 2027,” said President D’Emilio.
About the Scholarship
The University partnered with the Wissahickon School District and a generous donor to form the "Wissahickon and Gwynedd Mercy University Opportunity Scholarship." The scholarship program is designed to provide one deserving student from Wissahickon High School a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to attend Gwynedd Mercy University as an Early Education major and then return to the district as a K-4 teacher.
The primary goal of the program is to increase the diversity of Wissahickon's teaching staff so it becomes more representative of their student population. Research has proven that students learn best when they have the opportunity to do so from teachers whose life experience reflects their own.
The Wissahickon and Gwynedd Mercy University Opportunity Scholarship is funded, in part, by a generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous.