LEWISTON - A major gift of $875,000 was donated by Connecticut residents E. John and Jeanne C. Finn to support the Jerome Patrick and Alice Conley Corcoran Scholarship at Niagara University, bringing the scholarship fund balance to more than $1 million.
The scholarship, established by the Finns in 1997 in memory of Jeanne Finn's parents, is offered to students from central and western New York who demonstrate financial need and plan to study in Niagara University's School of Nursing. More than 50 students have received the scholarship since its inception.
Rev. James J. Maher, president of Niagara University, said the Finns' gift will help more students have a chance to attend the School of Nursing and be inspired to be caregivers of people in need, especially those in nearby communities.
E. John Finn, held executive positions with the Carborundum Company, the Kennecott Corporation, and Standard Oil. He served as a Niagara University trustee from 1983 to 2002. He was named an emeritus trustee in December 2003, and was presented with an honorary doctorate in 1987.
Jeanne Finn earned her undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University and her graduate degree in education from Niagara University. She founded and served as the director of the Fantastico Tutorial Program for disadvantaged students in New Haven, Conn. She also taught courses to women inmates at a maximum security prison in Connecticut. In light of her work, she was awarded the Caritas Medal by Niagara University in 2007.