Friends of the Rev. Leo Gallina, organized by Terry
Palmer of Smethport, have endowed a scholarship in honor of the popular Catholic priest.
A Bradford native who served the
Erie diocese for 46 years, Gallina retired in 2011 after returning home to
Bradford to serve as pastor of St. Bernard Catholic Church as his last pulpit.
Palmer became friends with Gallina
through the shared passion of golf.
“I’m inspired by the way he lives
life and treats people,” Palmer said. “I wanted to honor Father Leo by
contributing to one of his favorite organizations, Pitt-Bradford.” Gallina has
endowed two scholarships himself at Pitt-Bradford in memory of his parents and
brother. Those scholarships have assisted 55 students since 1998.
Palmer said he knew raising the
money for the scholarship would be easy because Gallina has so many friends.
After Palmer sent a letter requesting friends to donate, more than 40 people
did. “Everybody that I talked to said, ‘We’re in.’”
He said Gallina, who now lives in
Erie, was pleased by the tribute and made a contribution to the scholarship
In addition to Pitt-Bradford,
Gallina also has supported several community organizations, including the
Bradford Area Public Library, Bradford Hospital Foundation and scholarships at
Gannon and St. Bonaventure universities. He has also given his time to serve on
the boards of numerous local organizations, including Beacon Light Behavioral
Health Systems, Futures Inc., the Bradford Family YMCA and the Bradford
Contributions for the Rev. Leo J.
Gallina Scholarship Fund are continuing to be taken. For more information or to
make a donation, contact Jill Ballard, executive and managing director of the
Bradford Educational Foundation, at firstname.lastname@example.org