Why We Give Back To Scranton
Royal Fund Donor most recently supported the International Service Program
Choosing to donate to my Senior Class Gift did not seem like much of a choice for me or for many of my classmates. But I mean this in a positive way.
As students at The University of Scranton, we were given everything we needed to succeed. It only seems fair now to give back to the community that gave me so much. By donating to my Senior Class Gift, I was able to contribute and be assured that my gift will help future students obtain scholarships, allowing them to earn one of the best Jesuit educations in the country.
I truly believe that the Jesuit ideals at Scranton are what made me fall in love with the school in the first place. Scranton is more than a college, town and a community; it is a family that loves and accepts no matter what. The other aspect of the University that I particularly love is its unwavering ability to serve the community – and the world – relentlessly.
The service I performed and education I received outside of the classroom are among the most important aspects of my four very formative years spent at the University. By continuing the work of St. Ignatius Loyola, Scranton students are changing the world for the better day by day. That is why I plan on and will always support the place I affectionately call “The U.”
For years to come, I can contribute to the department of my choosing and I know that my donation is going directly to the students so that they can continue being “men and women for others.”
Benjamin Courtney ’11
Royal Fund Donor going on 30 years
I would not have made it through school if I didn’t have financial help, so giving to The Royal Fund is my way of paying back so that others may benefit as I did. It’s also a way of saying “thank you” to the University I care about so deeply.
What I loved most about Scranton was the people that I met and the relationships I made, which includes the many faculty members I got to know. This was especially true for professors like Frank Brown, Father Suppe and Francis X. Jordan, just to name a few. These relationships were the best part about the University.
Plus, there was nothing quite like a good basketball game between the Royals and the King’s College Monarchs.
I feel it is important to give because all of my gifts are from God, and He expects me to share with others. Donating to the University is one way I can share what I have so generously been given.
Jim Franconeri ’65
University Donor 18 of the last 22 years
As a recipient of a Presidential Scholarship, grants and many work-study programs and student loans, I was able to attend the University. Many of my friends were able to attend the University with similar funding and scholarships. We were the daughters of government workers, tugboat captains, teachers and butchers. Our parents worked hard and we did, too.
We all loved our time at Scranton and have used our education and experiences there to provide for our children and for future Scranton alumni, who I hope will choose to pay it forward as well.
Noradeen Farlekas ’83