Wilkes University

2014 Founders Gala


Inaugural award honors Joseph Savitz, Esq. ’48.Joseph Savitz

Joseph Savitz, Esq. '48 is a member of the first official class to graduate from Wilkes College. Following his graduation from Wilkes, he earned a juris doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Savitz distinguished himself with the Wilkes-Barre law firm of Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald LLP.

He served as a trustee of Wilkes College and then Wilkes University from 1958 to 1994, holding the position of chairman from 1975 to 1978 and earning the title trustee emeritus. His generosity to Wilkes includes a sponsorship of a room in the new science building. Wilkes University is forever grateful to Mr. Savitz for his long history of volunteer service and philanthropic support.


Courtney Moyer - Class of 2017

"As the youngest of three children, I was the first in my family to break the mold and graduate from high school - not to mention go on to attend college. This was not an easy feat for me to accomplish. During my senior year of high school, I was working two jobs (45 hours a week) while juggling school and honors courses. Not only did I graduate from high school but I did so with honors.

To say that my family and I struggle financially would be an understatement. Despite all of us working, it’s still not enough. Had it not been for the generous scholarship and grants that I was offered through Wilkes University, college would not have happened for me. Wilkes was the only school that I applied to that I could actually afford to attend. I am beyond grateful to have been given the opportunity to further my education at a highly esteemed, private American University. The financial aid assistance that I am receiving here is crucial to me staying. My goal is to attend law school and my backup plan would be to become an investigative journalist."

2014 Founders Gala Video