There are three characteristics Daniel Scanlon ’83C, ’87L loves about St. John’s: its mission of social justice, Catholic philosophy and, of course, big-time sports.
“St. John’s changed my life,” says Scanlon, who currently works as a Peer Counselor at Bellevue Hospital Center. “As a first-generation immigrant, I’ve always loved what the University stands for. I ran Track and Cross Country, and I’m a huge basketball fan, so this was the perfect it.”
Scanlon wants to make sure that SJU remains strong for years down the line. That’s why he joined The McCallen Society, supporting the University through his estate plans. Down the line, his generosity will one day provide scholarships, enhance facilities and allow St. John’s to serve its students in a variety of ways.
“It’s a great way to show your loyalty to St. John’s,” Scanlon notes. “I’ve heard a lot about The McCallen Society. And after giving it some thought, I realized that it was the perfect way to help future generations, so young men and women can enjoy the University just as much as I did.”
Scanlon is proud of today’s SJU students, and he loves hearing about their recent accomplishments. He is particularly impressed by the record-number of Fulbright scholars that St. John’s enjoyed in 2013, reminding him that his support will go towards a great cause.
“Whether it’s the Fulbright scholars or the way the University community embraces the annual Service Day, St. John’s continues to improve,” he explains. “I didn’t think it was possible, but somehow SJU has made its mission even stronger. They’ve modernized while keeping their Catholic values constant, and that’s an amazing thing to be a part of.”
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