Meet Maryanne Mola ’77— Alumna Creates Scholarship with a Gift in Her Estate Plan

Maryanne Mola ’77

Maryanne is an alumna of Manhattan College’s School of Education, a 1977 graduate with a master’s degree and a professional diploma.

Before walking through the arches of the Riverdale campus, Maryanne received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in mathematics from other institutions. Then she continued her education at Manhattan College earning a master’s degree in administration and supervision and a professional diploma in counseling. Maryanne said, “I love Manhattan. That is where my heart is.” As a result, she chose to establish a scholarship at Manhattan College through her estate plan. The scholarship will benefit students of all majors who demonstrate financial need.

“I believe in Catholic education,” said Maryanne. “I love the Christian Brothers: They truly are great educators.” She fondly recalls Brother David Delahanty, FSC, a former dean of the School of Education; Br. Abdon Lewis, FSC (Louis Garavaglia); and Professor Francis Joseph Lodato.

Maryanne grew up in the Bronx and continues to make her home here. Her grandparents came to this country from Naples, Italy. Her father was a postal worker who stressed the value of education. “Become a teacher,” he suggested, and Maryanne followed his advice.

For ten years she taught math at John F. Kennedy High School in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx. Then she continued her career as a guidance counselor and eventually an assistant principal in charge of the guidance department at Dewitt Clinton High School.

Thanks to the scholarship Maryanne is generously establishing at Manhattan College, new generations of talented young Jaspers will be able to follow her example of excellence and service. According to Maryanne, it is a legacy worth supporting.


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