Canisius Announces 2020-21 Fellowship Class

May 1, 2020


Buffalo, NY – Fourteen Canisius College students are the recipients of 2020-21 Western New York Prosperity Fellowships.  Generously supported by the Prentice Family Foundation, Western New York Prosperity Fellowships assist undergraduate and graduate students with an entrepreneurial drive who want to make a difference in Western New York. The fellowship program identifies the most promising talent in Western New York and immerses students in a robust educational and professional development program, with the goal of developing economic leaders within this community. In addition, the fellowship program combines financial assistance, in the form of scholarships, with paid, credit-bearing internships to assist fellows in acquiring both academic and practical experiences in their intended professions. Fellows intern in their chosen fields of interest, where they work alongside, and are mentored by, leaders in upper-level management. Lastly, the fellowship provides a yearlong series of events designed to enrich skill and network development.

The Canisius recipients for the 2020-21 Western New York Prosperity Fellowships are:

  • Maryrose Alajo ’22, psychology
  • Nana Aluma ’21, accounting
  • Jesse Brodka ’21, adolescence education
  • John Davis ’21, MBA
  • Myles Hervey ’21, accounting
  • Mercedes Jackson ’21, management
  • Matthew Kazmierczak ’21, finance and economics
  • Brandon Lehner ’22, history
  • Parker Meyers ’22, international relations and environmental studies
  • Navaar Poole ’21, management
  • Jacob Schurr ’21, MBA
  • Samuel Viggiani ’21, philosophy and psychology
  • Tucker Webbner ’21, MS, investment research
  • Jonathan Wess ’21, political science and entrepreneurship


The Prentice Family Foundation was created in 2007 by generous benefactors Bryant and Joan Prentice to serve as a philanthropic organization that leverages economic development through scholarship support to ultimately make a multi-generational impact on Western New York.  Learn more about the program by visiting Western New York Prosperity Fellowship at Canisius.

One of 27 Jesuit universities, Canisius is the premier private university in Western New York. Canisius celebrates its sesquicentennial anniversary during the 2019-20 academic year, marking 150 years of Jesuit education and leadership in the city of Buffalo and Western New York. Visit for more information about Canisius’ milestones and celebratory events.