Initial King’s Hispanic Outreach Scholars Meet Benefactor’s Family

Initial King’s Hispanic Outreach Scholars Meet Benefactor’s Family

For Immediate Release
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March 5, 2012 - Four King's College seniors who were the first to receive four-year, full tuition scholarships as part of the College's McGowan Hispanic Outreach Program had the opportunity at a recent on-campus reception to meet family members of benefactor William G. McGowan. William G. McGowan was a local native and 1952 graduate of King's who went on to a successful business career as the founder and chairman of MCI Communications Corporation.

The scholarships, which cover the students' tuition, room, board and textbooks, are provided by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Inc. The four students at the reception entered King's in fall 2008 and are scheduled to graduate in May. In each of the last four academic years, four first-year King's students of Hispanic descent have been awarded scholarships as part of the outreach program.

In addition to the scholarships, the McGowan Hispanic Outreach Program also provides mentoring for area junior high and high school students and a three-week summer academic residential program. English as a Second Language and GED courses are offered for local Hispanic adults.

Pictured seated, from left, are McGowan Hispanic Scholars Carmen Flores, Wilkes-Barre; David Castro, Wilkes-Barre; and Noemi Tlatenchi, Wilkes-Barre. Absent from photo is Gabrielle Carbone, Scranton.

Pictured standing, from left, is Leo McGowan, a resident of Moosic and nephew of William G. McGowan, with his son, Aidan, and his wife, Michele. At far right is Father John Ryan, C.S.C., president of King's. Absent from photo is Gertrude McGowan, Esq., sister of Leo and niece of William G. McGowan.

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