Gerda L. and Frederick T. Cundell Scholarship


cundellsThe Gerda L. and Frederick T. Cundell Scholarship was established by Diana Cundell, Ph.D., associate professor of biology at Philadelphia University, in Nov. 2008, in memory of her late mother and father. The decision to establish a scholarship for future University students was a decision she knows her parents would have approved. Originally from Devon, England, Cundell’s mother, Gerda, ran a jewelry business and her father, Frederick, owned and operated the family farm and excelled at bookkeeping.

“My parents were self-taught professionals who built a wonderful life for our family,” said Cundell.

Though they were never formally educated at a university, her parents believed strongly in education as a means to advance in life and achieve success. “This scholarship fund means their strong education beliefs will have a lasting legacy,” she reflected. “Now they will always be associated with Philadelphia University and someone will benefit in their memory.”

The scholarship will help pre-medical studies students in need of financial support to pursue their educational and professional goals. “Every year, I see two or three students who need just $2,000 or $3,000 that would make the financial difference for them,” said Cundell. This scholarship fund will be there to ensure that students in need are able to continue to learn and achieve.”

“It is an honor to have the Gerda L. and Frederick T. Cundell Scholarship established at Philadelphia University,” said James Garvey, Ed.D., who was vice president for development and alumni relations at the time the fund was established. “Diana’s gracious contribution will positively impact the lives of our students. We are pleased to have her establish this legacy at Philadelphia University.”

“The time to invest in the future of our students is now,” said Cundell. “I encourage anyone looking to make an impact to support the education endeavors of Philadelphia University students by establishing a scholarship fund.”