DePietro’s Employees Offered Free Tuition at Lackawanna College

Employees at DePietro’s Pharmacy in Dunmore will get a chance to attend Lackawanna College tuition-free in a new partnership agreement announced last week.

Tom DePietro

Under the agreement, DePietro’s employees who meet the requirements for the pharmacy’s tuition program will be offered a Lackawanna College Business Partners Scholarship. The agreement will allow employees to attend Lackawanna College tuition-free to pursue a bachelor’s or an associate degree. 

“Working together with our local and regional businesses continue to help us understand and answer some of our labor force needs,” said Dr. Jill Murray, Lackawanna College President. “Partnering with DePietro’sPharmacy will give employees a path to careers in growing and in-demand fields like healthcare.” 

Dr. Murray also states that these partnerships help solve the social and economic issues of a growing national workforce shortage and the rising cost of tuition, keeping college affordable and accessible.

“The Lackawanna College Business Partnership Scholarship initiative is a great program that helps the College connect with the NEPA workforce,” said Jeff Gregory, Director of College Enrollment Partnerships. “Partnering businesses can offer employees a valuable incentive that helps retain their employees as well as hiring additional employees by helping them achieve additional skills.”

“At DePietro’s Pharmacy, we would not be successful without the hard work and effort given by all our employees. On a daily basis, I strive to show my appreciation for their commitment to our customers. This partnership will truly provide a life-changing experience for my team and future employees,” says Thomas DiPietro, pharmacist and owner.

The public-private partnership is one of many that are in the works at Lackawanna College that will cover a student’s full tuition. 

Marywood Alumni Recognized at Luncheon

During its recent Alumni Weekend, Marywood University welcomed graduates back to campus to celebrate, including alumni award winners. Due to the pandemic canceling last year’s event, the 2020 and 2021 honorees were recognized together at the in-person awards luncheon on campus. Awards and honorees included the following:

The Distinguished Alumni Award is bestowed by the Marywood Alumni Association upon alumni who have achieved distinction through their professional accomplishments and contributions. Awards were presented to Cathy Gerard, ‘70; 2nd Lt. R. Michael Maritato, ‘11, M.S., ‘14, and Muriel Scherr Cagney, ‘69.

The Alumni Achievement Award is bestowed by the Marywood Alumni Association upon alumni who have attained outstanding success in their field, related to their major. Awards were presented to Mary Philipp, ‘80, and Jeffrey R. Kovaleski, ‘98.

The Recent Alumni Award for Professional Achievement is given to alumni, within 15 years of graduation, who have demonstrated significant professional achievements and responsible leadership. Awards were presented to Diana D’Achielle, ‘14, and Stanley J. Kania III, 11, MBA ‘14, and Ph.D., ‘19.

The Marywood Alumni Association bestows the Golden Marywoodian Award upon a member of the 50th honor year class, who has demonstrated a commitment to community and civic service. Recipients have distinguished themselves in their career and/or professional field with a record of making a difference in the lives of others, demonstrating engagement through volunteerism as well as setting a standard for lifelong excellence. Awards were presented to Michele Abbott McDade, ‘70, and Patricia A. Lawler, ‘71.

The most prestigious award given by the Marywood Alumni Association, The Sister M. Denis Donegan Award for Long Term Service to Marywood, is bestowed on a graduate who has provided a minimum of 25 years of service to Marywood and who, through personal and professional contributions, has visibly embodied Marywood’s mission by using their Marywood education in ways that demonstrate the University’s call to live responsibly in a diverse and interdependent world. This award was presented to Ann Boland-Chase, ‘79.

Dunmore Women Elected District Governor for UNICO

Melanie Naro, right, of Dunmore, was sworn in as the District One Governor for UNICO National in Pennsylvania.

Ms. Naro is a past chapter president, board chair and member of the UNICO National scholarship committee.

She also chairs the annual Scranton UNICO Soccer Cup. She was sworn in by UNICO National executive vice-president Dr. Peter Pettinatom at left, at the annual gathering of the UNICO chapters in Northeastern Pennsylvania.