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Philip and Lois gannon "second chance" scholarship

Lois (Lange) Gannon graduated from Albion College and Michigan State University. She was a teacher and specialized in English, basic literacy, and was a respected reading specialist. She chose this profession because her mission was giving students who struggled with reading a "second chance" for academic and career success. She eventually retired from Lansing's Everett High School. There she created a comprehensive reading program whose breadth encompassed remedial through college-bound programs for Everett High School students. Its effectiveness was widely celebrated before she retired in the 1980s.

Phil was given a second chance by "Pop" Blanchard- a gifted high school administrator- who eventually convinced Phil to return to school and earn his diploma. He also inspired Phil to become a teacher and attend college. With the help of his extended family, Phil was able to enroll in Albion College. However, Phil dropped out of college and enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a pilot and air operations instructor during WWII. His military service gave him a "second chance" to return to Albion, complete his degree and prepare him for a career in education. After WWII, Phil continued as a member of the U.S. Naval Ready Reserve, ultimately commanding an Anti-Submarine Helicopter Squadron. He retired with the rank of Navy Captain in 1978.  

Phil, a high school dropout with "no future in academics", ultimately became a college president, earned his doctorate, and was honored as a distinguished alumnus of both Albion College and Michigan State University. All of this was possible because he was given a "second chance" when he needed it. 

The Philip and Lois Gannon "Second Chance" Scholarship was established to support mature LCC students with academic potential deserving a second chance at academic and career success.  Preference will be given to non-traditional students who have overcome adversity in their lives, have academic potential, and are enrolled in LCC vocational, technical, or business curriculums.  

Philip J. Gannon scholarship

Philip and Lois’ son Michael and his wife Ruth, have established this scholarship in honor the Gannons because of the love and respect they have for them. Michael was selected as the 2012 Lansing Community College Distinguished Alumni. Philip and Lois Gannon were honored to be recognized and present at the Spring Graduation Commencement when Michael received his award and addressed the graduates. Michael and Ruth Gannon desire that this scholarship be available to support any LCC student desiring to have the opportunity to experience the powerful gift of education that was central to Philip and Lois achieving their success and passion for a career spent helping others to learn. 

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