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Canisius College, Roswell Park beneficiaries of $4 million in gifts

Canisius College and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center are each getting $2 million from local benefactor Patrick P. Lee.

The gift to Canisius will establish the Lee Foundation Scholarship Program to support students in finance, computer science, mathematics and statistics, and physics. Two scholarships of $10,000 each will be awarded annually to freshmen with demonstrated financial need in one of the targeted majors. The scholarships will be renewable for up to four years.

The program also will fund in its first year eight junior and senior scholarship awards to students in the targeted majors who are at risk of not completing their studies at Canisius due to financial circumstances.

The gift to Roswell will establish an endowed chair in the Palliative and Supportive Care program. Dr. Amy Case is the first Lee Foundation Endowed Chair in Palliative and Supportive Care. The funding will allow Case and her team to provide 24-hour on-call support for patients seven days a week and extend their services to an outpatient clinic five days per week.

Lee, an entrepreneur who established a charitable foundation with a portion of the proceeds from the 2007 sale of his company, made the gifts in memory of his late son, Patrick "Pat" Warn Lee.

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