Tax Credit Donation Benefits Marywood’s Momentum Program

From Left: Patricia Rosetti, Marywood University’s leadership annual giving officer, and Jerry Champi, FNCB Bank president and CEO.

FNCB Bank presents a $6,000 Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) donation to Marywood University’s Momentum Program. Marywood University’s Momentum Program provides high school juniors and seniors with the opportunity to get a head start on college by enrolling in college level courses. Students can choose from a variety of courses, most often liberal arts courses, during the fall, spring, and summer semesters through to high school graduation.

Since 2010, FNCB has contributed nearly $2 million dollars to local educational and scholarship organizations through the EITC program. Tax credits may be applied against the tax liability of a business for the tax year in which the contribution was made. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis for contributions to EITC approved organizations like Marywood University. 

The support of Marywood University is part of FNCB’s larger Community Caring initiative. As a true, local community bank, FNCB Bank is making a difference through volunteerism, donations, and outreach programs. FNCB Bank, locally-based for 110 years, continues as one of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s premier community banks—offering a full suite of personal, small business, mortgage and commercial banking solutions with industry-leading mobile online and in-branch products and services. FNCB remains dedicated to the communities they serve with an on-going mission to make your banking experience simply better.

Marywood to Offer Competitive Esports Program

Marywood University announced today that it will become one of a select number of colleges and universities across the nation to offer a competitive Esports program. Marywood is responding to the ever-increasing number of students seeking this option, as the Esports industry continues to explode throughout the country. Marywood University’s Board of Trustees recently approved a measure for the University to move forward with an Esports Program in fall 2021. 

An inclusive activity, Esports reaches many demographics and provides numerous options to students who are interested in playing both individual and team sports. Esports (also known as electronic sports) is organized, competitive video gaming. Marywood’s Esports program will compete in one of the Athletic Conferences, and Marywood will be the third regional university to offer an Esports program. 

Patrick Murphy, director of athletics and recreation at Marywood University, said, “We are extremely excited about the addition of Esports here at Marywood as part of the athletics department. With the growing trend of Esports in higher education, we are ready to be a part of this select group of institutions that offers Esports, as it will further enhance the student experience.”

Marywood’s Esports program will benefit both prospective students and the community by providing opportunities for students who are interested in playing a competitive sport and for employers who are seeking people with Esports skills. Students in the program will also obtain practical skills that can be transferred across multiple disciplines. 

Students will develop fluency in science, technology, and computer skills that will strengthen their reasoning and problem-solving capabilities and allow them to gain competencies that will be in great demand in a post-pandemic job market.

For additional information about Marywood University’s Esports program, visit

Sister Mary Persico Celebrates 50th Jubilee

Sister Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D., president of Marywood University, was recently honored by the Board of Trustees with an endowed scholarship in her name to celebrate her 50th Jubilee. Since professing her vows in 1970, Sister Mary has been, and continues to be, a servant leader. 

Lisa Lori, Esq. ’93, chair of Marywood University’s Board of Trustees said, “She [Sister Mary] is an incredible leader and is an inspiration to many. She has been an inspiration to me, both professionally and personally. The Board wanted to endow this scholarship to honor her Jubilee Year, but, more than that, to signify the scope of her lifelong dedication to Marywood, as well as to her Congregation, which she loves and cherishes with all that she is. Through this scholarship in her name, generations of students, who might not otherwise have the means to do so will be able to pursue a Marywood education.”

Sister Mary Persico is the 12th president of Marywood University. She earned her undergraduate degree in education and French from Marywood, her master’s degree in French from Assumption College, and her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University. Sister Mary has served as a teacher, an administrator, and a leader in educational, health care, and congregation settings. She was the treasurer, then the president of the IHM Congregation, serving eight years in each role. 

Sister Terry O’Rourke, IHM said, “Sister Mary has always been a person of vision and a master of collaboration. Whenever Sister Mary served in her IHM Ministry, her many gifts and skills led her to ever increasing responsibilities and various leadership roles. Sister Mary has always been and remains a woman of prayer and discernment.”

Following her congregational leadership, Sister Mary went on to serve as executive vice president at Trinity Health, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. Her lifetime of leadership and service to Marywood University was brought full circle when she took the role as president of the University. In her position as president, she has thrived by guiding Marywood through tough, but prudent decisions to position the University for the 21st century. Marywood has prospered under her leadership, even when facing unforeseen challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic.

During her junior year as a student at Marywood, she entered the IHM community and finished her studies as a candidate. Sister Mary recalls, “I was attracted to the IHM Sisters because of their spirit at Marywood. I was impressed by the way they work, their community, and their sense of service to others, especially the poor and less fortunate. I was hooked.”

For additional information about The Sister Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D. ’69 Scholarship, please visit Marywood University’s Advancement office, at