Addison Pan ’23 Becomes 13th Marian Graduate
to Attend Villanova University on the James C. Curvey Scholarship
When Addison Pan of Hazleton graduated from Marian Catholic High School this past June, he became the 13th Marian graduate to be named as a James C. Curvey Scholar at Villanova University. The scholarship program is made available to graduates from Marian, who are evaluated for scholarship immediately upon applying to Villanova. Scholarship recipients are selected based on academic performance and financial need. Additionally, Curvey Scholars have the opportunity to participate in the Curvey Fellowship which provides one-time funding of $20,000 to participate in academic or enrichment programs, independent travel or other activities that contribute to personal growth and development. Curvey Fellowships centerpiece is travel, with most Fellows choosing international destinations.
James C. Curvey, along with his wife, Shirley M. Curvey, were born and raised in Mahanoy City. Mr. Curvey, upon graduation from high school, attended Villanova. In 1999 the family established this scholarship program at Mr. Curvey’s alma mater, which provides financial assistance to students from his hometown of Mahanoy City, to attend the university as well as graduates from Marian, North Schuylkill High School, Nativity BVM High School, Shenandoah Valley High School, and Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.
Mr. Curvey served as vice chairman of the Board of Directors of FMR LLC., the holding company for the businesses of Fidelity Investments. Mr. Curvey also served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of Fidelity’s Equity and High-Income Funds. He retired from day-to-day work at Fidelity Investments in December 2002, after a 20-year career in which he served in a number of roles, including president and chief operating officer.
"Everyone is aware of the financial burden a college education can put on both the students and families. Our Marian family cannot thank Mr. James Curvey enough for his generosity that affords our graduates an opportunity at such a prestigious University. His legacy through this program is truly unmatched, and our Marian Curvey Scholars have all gone on to accomplish truly great things”, said Michael Brennan ’06, Head of School at Marian.
Other recipients of the James C. Curvey Scholarship from Marian include:
· Edward Murphy ’07, formerly from Tamaqua
· Lauren Moyer ’08, formerly from Tamaqua
· Brandon Dopira ‘11, formerly from Summit Hill
· Michael Dino ‘14, formerly from Hazleton
· Michael McHale ‘14, formerly from Tamaqua
· Donald Viania ‘15, formerly from New Ringgold
· Henry Kreisl ‘18, formerly from West Hazleton
· Jacob Artz ‘19, formerly from Saint Clair
· Zachary Boyer ‘19, formerly from Tamaqua
· Julia Kreisl ‘20, a senior at Villanova from West Hazleton
· Ben Artz ’21, a junior at Villanova from Saint Clair
· Tatianna Zeleniak ‘21, a junior at Villanova from Nesquehoning
“From the moment students become part of the Curvey scholars community, they are met with enthusiastic support and unparalleled guidance. I have an abundance of gratitude for Mr. Curvey, Ivy Karolyi, the James C. Curvey Assistant Program Director and his team at Villanova for ensuring our students are presented with every opportunity imaginable to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom”, said Nicole Dunn-Updegrave ‘08, Director of Student Support Services at Marian.
Marian Catholic High School opened in September 1954 and has graduated more than 8,000 students, now living in all 50 states and abroad. The school also calls alumni from the four predecessor high schools, Saint Ann’s High School in Lansford, Saint Mary’s High School in Coaldale, Saint Jerome’s High School in Tamaqua, and Mauch Chunk Catholic High School in Jim Thorpe as its own.
Marian Catholic High School opened its 70th school year in September with an enrollment of nearly 285 students in grades nine to twelve. The enrollment this school year increased by 14%.