Olivia Brothers Endow Trustee Matching Scholarship in Honor of their Parents
Christopher T. Olivia, ’84 Science, and Keith M. Olivia, ’90 Finance
Chris and Keith created this $50,000 scholarship to honor their parents. The Olivia brothers chose the Trustee Matching Scholarship for several reasons: it benefits students immediately by leveraging their contribution through matching funds; it provides a way to express their gratitude and appreciation to their parents, Dr. and Mrs. Olivia; and it extends their family’s commitment to education to future generations of Penn State students. The brothers also see it as convenient way to establish their personal commitment to Penn State to grow their parents’ legacy by serving the needs of students.
Dr. Joseph Olivia (Science ’51) was a first generation college graduate in his family. Penn State helped to provide a way out of Pennsylvania’s coal mines for several members of the Olivia family. Six members of their extended family have attended Penn State, with some starting at the Hazleton campus as Joseph did. In addition, other Olivia family members served on the faculty, most notably Lawrence Olivia, Hotel Administration ’59, FSHA ‘70.
Both Joseph and Joan, a graduate of the Reading School of Nursing, instilled the importance of education as a pathway to success for their children. The Olivia family believes that the study of scientific disciplines is important to the future success of our country and the Commonwealth, and they wish to make the opportunity to pursue higher education in these fields available to all with an interest and ability to pursue during these times of ever-rising tuition.
The family that “bleeds blue and white” is excited to pay forward the Penn State experience and education so others have the same opportunity!