Ds Scholarship

Scholarship gift to benefit Diocese of Scranton students in need

The generous gift of the legacy of a Lackawana County citizen with lifelong service in education will continue to help shape the minds of the next generation of faith-filled leaders in the Diocese of Scranton.

On October 28, 2021, the John P. and Ann Marie Martin Charitable Trust announced a $150,000 grant to create the John P. and Ann Marie Martin Scholarship. The funding will be used each year to provide a need-based scholarship to an eligible student or students at a Scranton Catholic School Parish school.

“He never forgot his roots. He had anthracite coal dust in his blood,” said Thomas J. Pozatko, Executive Secretary, John B.

Dr. Martin was born and raised in Scranton. He began his educational work as a director of athletics at Western Central Catholic High School and as an assistant superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Scranton from 1965-1967. He was a founding trustee of Luzerne County Community College and an associate professor and chaplain on campus at the University of Misericordia.

In recognition of his decades of service in education, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey named him Honorary Founding Dean of the College of Health-Related Professions. He also served as Associate and Acting Dean of the School of Allied Health Professions at Hahnemann Medical School in Philadelphia. Martin passed away in 2019. His ex-wife, Anne Marie Gerrity, passed away in 2006.

His friend, Monsignor John Bendick, said, “John knew that the primary and secondary grade levels are the places to start to make sure that children have a unique experience.”

The recipient(s) of the Scranton Diocese scholarship will be selected on an annual basis under the direction of the Diocesan Director of Schools in accordance with the Diocesan Schools Educational Assistance Policies.

The announcement of this awarded scholarship comes at a time when the Diocese of Scranton has seen a nine percent increase in enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year. This gift will help retain and recruit additional students. Dr. Martin’s friends say this gift will keep his distinguished commitment to educational values ​​alive.

“He was born and raised in a strong Catholic environment. He was loyal and committed to both the school we went to, the Catholic Central Church, and to sports in particular. “He was involved in all aspects of the school and there the whole time.”


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