Wilkes University

Founders Gala

Founders Gala

The founders of Bucknell University Junior College recognized that helping young people attend college benefited the individual even as it strengthened the region, and they wove that into the fabric of the institution that eventually became Wilkes University. Even after all these years, over half of our incoming freshmen still identify themselves as the first generation of their family to attend a four-year institution of higher learning. Wilkes University continues to play a vital role in opening opportunities that lead to success.

At the 2017 Founders Gala, we awarded the President’s Medal to Mr. Frank Martz Henry, who has helped enhance the student experience and advance the mission of the University.  To learn more about past honorees, click here.

View photos from last year’s event


“This annual event will celebrate Wilkes’ rich heritage, allow us to raise money for the First Generation Scholarship Fund, and provide us an opportunity to recognize outstanding members of the Wilkes family with the president’s medal. Since its founding, Wilkes University has made a commitment to support students who are the first in their families to pursue a college degree. This event will help us continue to enhance this crucial component of our mission and serve as a celebration of our community and our past.”

~ Dr. Patrick F Leahy
Wilkes University President



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