Empower: The Campaign for Marywood

Our vision is to empower students to live more meaningful lives.

We empower them to go forth and pursue their dreams while having a positive impact in the world. 

We empower our community to engage with us as we create intergenerational learning experiences for our students. 

EMPOWER The Campaign for Marywood will project Marywood forward and ensure everyone is empowered to reach new heights and fulfill a vibrant vision for our shared future.

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Marywood University prepares students for success and purpose throughout their lives. The knowledge and values they learn here are the foundation of all they will do. The generosity of our community is what allows us to prepare and equip our students.

It is not only our students who will benefit from a Marywood education, but also our community. Our region, like others, needs compassionate and highly skilled nurses, physicians, business owners, architects, and teachers. Marywood University is not an isolated institution, but rather a living, breathing part of the community we all share.

The future of higher education has come calling, and together, we will answer the call with the boldness, bravery, and generosity of the Marywood spirit.

Your commitment to Marywood University’s comprehensive campaign can change a life, build on our rich legacy, drive us in an exciting new direction, and help us realize our dream of empowering students and serving our community. We invite you, our alumni, neighbors and friends, near and far, to be the force behind a brilliant future.

Please join us as supporters of the EMPOWER campaign!


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Sister Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D. ’69
President of Marywood University


Lisa Lori, Esq. ’93
EMPOWER Campaign Co-Chair
Chair, Board of Trustees


Robert Tamburro
EMPOWER Campaign Co-Chair
Director, Board of Trustees

Empower Campaign Leadership Team

EMPOWER: At A Glance

The Campaign for Marywood
  • 6,385DONORS
  • 1,586STUDENTS empowered through donor supported scholarships

Empowerment in Action

Portrait photo of Lisa A. Lori, J.D., Marywood's 13th President Lisa A. Lori, J.D. Elected as Marywood University's First Lay President

Lisa A. Lori, J.D. Elected as Marywood University's First Lay President

Atty. Lori, a Marywood graduate, formerly served as Board Chair. She will begin her presidential tenure on July 1, 2024.
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  • Portrait photo of Mary Ellen McLane McDonough '73 Community Leadership Celebration to Honor Mary Ellen McDonough '73

    Community Leadership Celebration to Honor Mary Ellen McDonough '73

    During the celebration, Mrs. McDonough will receive the University’s Lead On Award, in recognition of her dedicated service as both a Certified Prevention Specialist and as a community volunteer leader.

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  • The 2023 Presidential Mission Medalist, Virginia Collins Shields '48, is pictured receiving a commemorative citation from Marywood University President Sister Mary Persico, IHM Major Benefactors Recognized at Presidential Society Dinner

    Major Benefactors Recognized at Presidential Society Dinner

    Trustee Emerita and Alumna Virginia Collins Shields '48 was awarded the 2023 Presidential Mission Medal, and new members were inducted into the Saint Alphonsus Society.

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