Supporters, students, faculty, and staff came together for Niagara University’s annual Scholarship Celebration, held Friday, April 22, in the Castellani Art Museum.

Nearly 100 people were in attendance for the program, which included remarks from Destiny Johnson, a senior nursing student, Dr. Derek M. Wesley, vice president for institutional advancement, and the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., Niagara president.

During the 2014–2015 academic year, 98 percent of undergraduate students received scholarship assistance from the university that totaled more than $41 million. The Scholarship Celebration recognized donors and families whose contributions named both current use and endowed scholarship funds at NU.

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A video highlighting the Barbara S. Zimmer, ’57 Memorial Research Scholarship introduced this year’s recipients, Matthew Rice and Mohit Gogna. Family member Jeffrey Zimmer spoke on behalf of his family, and their decision to memorialize his mother, Barbara, through a scholarship fund.

“Our ability to contribute to Niagara University gives us great feeling, not just thinking about her memory, but what good we can do for the generations that follow,” Zimmer remarked.

A full listing of scholarships at Niagara University can be found online at

For information on establishing or contributing to a scholarship fund, please contact NU’s Office of Institutional Advancement at 716.286.8787, or go to

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