Marianne Able Scholarship

marianneableMarianne Able began her career with Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science in 1968 as secretary in the Placement Office. Her exceptional talent was noticed, and in 1972 she was appointed director of Career Services. During her career at Philadelphia University, Marianne developed a world-class Career Services Center. She cultivated relationships with hundreds of employers across the United States and internationally. Marianne was nationally recognized and lauded by her peers for dedication and service that consistently resulted in more than 95% of students starting careers in their chosen profession.

Marianne was instrumental in crafting the reputation of this University among the nation’s leading companies, many of which continue to recruit the talented students of Philadelphia University. In addition, she helped thousands of students and alumni build successful careers. Even so, it was the personal touch and caring she gave to each individual that will be remembered most. Today, Philadelphia University is recruited by, and actively prepares its students for virtually every employment sector.

Marianne’s energetic personality and positive spirit inspired students and colleagues alike to be their very best. Tragically, Marianne’s career was cut short by her untimely death as a result of a car accident in June 1996.

Marianne leaves a legacy that will not be forgotten by the many thousands of lives she touched during her 28 years of dedicated service. In addition to the place she holds in the hearts and minds of those she befriended, inspired and worked alongside, the Marianne Able Career Services Center is aptly dedicated and named for her and the Marianne Able Scholarship is given in her memory to a needy junior or senior devoted to completing his/her education at PhilaU.

To support the Marianne Able Scholarship, make a gift with your credit card through a secure online transaction or make your check payable to Philadelphia University and mail to:

Marianne Able Scholarship 
Office of Development and Alumni Relations
Philadelphia University
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144


The first Scholarship Presentation in 2006 (from left to right): Vince Latanzzio '07, John Pierantozzi '70, Liz Copple '84, Dr. Norman Smith, Scholarship recipient Alexis Berman '07, Sue Sobecki, and Jim Able.