Gallups make additional gift to scholarship fund


Fred and Beverly Gallup of Bradford have made a substantial additional gift to a scholarship established in memory of Fred Gallup’s parents, William D. and Harriet R. Gallup, at Pitt-Bradford. 

            Since it was established in 2003 by the Gallups’ children, Fred Gallup, Edward Gallup and Margaret Gardner, the Gallup scholarship has benefited 56 students. Priority for the scholarship is given to students from McKean County studying in a liberal arts program, preferably English, history-political science or economics.

            Fred Gallup said that he and his wife chose to make another gift to the university because “scholarships are the lifeblood of the university, and the student need is clear.” Gallup cited the cost of sending his own three sons to college and graduate school and the additional financial pressure being put on state-related universities such as Pitt-Bradford because of cuts in state funds over the past few years.

            Gallup also said that he has been impressed by the efforts of Pitt-Bradford faculty and staff to continuously improve the educational experience for its students.

            Fred Gallup has served on the Pitt-Bradford Advisory Board since the 1970s and his mother was an original member of the board.

            “Her family had a great tradition in education,” Gallup said of his mother, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College in 1931, then went on to attend Yale University Law School, where she met Gallup’s father.

            “Fred and Beverly Gallup have a deep and abiding commitment to our campus, and I’m delighted that they have chosen to continue the family legacy of support that began with Mrs. Harriet Gallup, a member of Pitt-Bradford’s first Advisory Board and one of the founders of our campus,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford. “We’re profoundly grateful to Fred, Beverly and his brother and sister, Edward Gallup and Margaret Gardner.”

            Fred Gallup had his first interaction with Pitt-Bradford while he was a college student at Yale. During the summer, he worked for Dr. Donald Swarts, the first president of Pitt-Bradford, researching local history.

            Later, as a young lawyer, Gallup began to do legal work for the university, primarily in the area of real estate.

            Pitt-Bradford is in the midst of a capital campaign as part of its 50th anniversary celebration, “50 and Beyond.” As part of the campaign, the university has set a goal of raising $6.5 million in scholarship funds. For more information on establishing or donating to an existing scholarship, contact Jill Ballard, executive director of institutional advancement and managing director of the Bradford Educational Foundation, at 814-362-5091 or