The Rangos Scholars
John G. Rangos Sr., the entrepreneur and philanthropist known for his contributions to educational and health-oriented causes, has established a new scholarship that will provide support for the professional phase of education for qualified students in Duquesne University’s Rangos School of Health Sciences.
Eligible students must complete an application for the $5,000 scholarships, which will be awarded based on need and academic accomplishment. The award will help support the student’s respective professional phase, which could include one or two years of schooling, said Rangos Dean Dr. Gregory H. Frazer.
Duquesne students majoring in athletic training and health management systems begin the professional phase of their education during the third and fourth years of study, while students majoring in the physician assistant, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology programs start their professional phase later.
“Fr. Hogan (executive vice president for student life at Duquesne) and I were discussing the desperate straits that some young men and women run into, and he mentioned that even a few hundred dollars can help them to finish their education,” explained Rangos. “I can’t think of anything better you could do for your family, your community and for your country than to give back and inspire kids who are getting a good education and give them the opportunity to be successful and productive citizens.”
The goal is for two students to be selected for a two-year commitment, starting this fall. In addition to receiving monetary support for their education, each Rangos scholarship awardee will receive a commemorative medallion, engraved with their name and year of the award.
“This significant gift will make a huge difference to our students who are faced with the challenge of finding funding for the professional phase of their degree program,” said Frazer.
Duquesne University launched the Rangos School of Health Sciences in 1991-its first new school in 50 years-thanks to the generosity of Rangos, who also provided a gift in 2003 to establish the Anna Rangos Rizakus Endowed Chair in Health Sciences and Ethics in honor of his late mother.
“Duquesne has been a great inspiration to so many students who’ve had to get through school while working full-time jobs during the day or evening,” said Rangos. “The Rangos Scholarship is just carrying out what the University has always done-caring for kids who need help, giving them an education, the discipline and the blueprint for success.”
Chair of the John G. Rangos Sr. Charitable Foundation, Rangos, 85, is founder of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and the International Orthodox Christian Charities. Former chairman of the Chambers Development Co. and former vice chairman of USA Waste Services, he is an innovator in the environmental industry who set the standard for waste receptacles and recycling in America. In addition, Rangos has launched and operated 23 successful companies during his career.