New scholarship benefits students in STEM programs

Magnotta's receive lion statue

Penn State Scranton Chancellor Marwan Wafa, at left, and Director of Development Christine Ostroski, far right, present a Nittany Lion Shrine statue to Dorothy and Al Magnotta as a token of appreciation for the recent scholarship they established at the campus.

Credit: Penn State

Albert J. and Dorothy Lois Magnotta Jr., Moscow, Pennsylvania, have established a new scholarship at Penn State Scranton.

The Albert J. and Dorothy Lois Magnotta, Jr. Scholarship will be awarded to qualifying students enrolled full-time who are graduates of North Pocono High School majoring in a degree program that focuses on science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM).

Albert Magnotta, a 1964 graduate of Penn State with a bachelor of science in civil engineering and a bachelor of science in sanitary engineering is a 2006 Alumnus of the Year and has served on Penn State Scranton’s Advisory Board.

He and his wife are also members of Penn State Scranton’s Ridge View Society, which was established in 2000 to recognize generous campus benefactors.

The couple have also helped establish a previous scholarship at the campus, the Albert J. and Catherine Magnotta Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to outstanding students enrolled or planning to enroll at Penn State Scranton who are pursuing a degree in engineering or engineering technology. It honors the late Catherine and her husband, Albert Sr., who taught engineering technology classes at Penn State Scranton. Preference for the scholarship is given to graduates of North Pocono High School.

Each year, over 150 students at Penn State Scranton receive scholarships totaling over $379,000, thanks to the generosity of campus donors like the Magnottas.