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April 1: Scholarship established to honor President Volpe

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

FREDERICK, Md.—A special scholarship honoring Hood College President Ronald J. Volpe has been established through a foundation associated with his alma mater.

The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation has established the Rev. Alphonse Crispo endowed scholarship to honor Volpe. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a Hood College student studying classical philosophy. Recipients will be selected by the chair of the philosophy department at Hood College.

Crispo was a beloved philosophy professor at Volpe’s alma mater, Gannon University. Born near Naples, Italy, Crispo taught at Gannon for 29 years. In addition to philosophy, he taught theology, history, Italian, Latin and Greek.

L. Michael Hajtman, president of the foundation and Gannon alumnus, admires Volpe and Crispo from his time at Gannon. When Hajtman learned of Volpe’s retirement, he asked to establish the Crispo scholarship at Hood College to honor both men. Through the scholarship, Hajtman is also honoring Pauline Serafin of Serafin’s Food Market, the oldest food market in Erie, Pa. Serafin owned and operated the market since 1978 and was a dedicated business woman, committed to serving her customers and the greater community. Serafin’s Food Market continues to operate in Erie.

Based in Houston, the foundation has supported more than 800 organizations since it was founded in 1965. It supports diverse organizations that improve and enrich communities. It has brought meaningful change to communities and individuals through a diverse array of providers from schools, churches and hospitals to social service, cultural, historical and civic institutions. In recent years the foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $4 million annually. Since the foundation’s inception, it has granted more than 3,500 requests to distribute more than $66 million to organizations in need.