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Jerry Mattis Scholarship Fund Established

In June 2014, the class of 1964 will be celebrating 50 years since their graduation from Mansfield University. Reunion years are a good time to reflect on the experiences one had at college, reminisce about the lasting friendships made, celebrate with those who are still with us and honor those whose memory we still hold close. One such friend and MU alumnus is 1964 classmate Jerry Mattis. Jerry played football at Mansfield and became his team’s Captain his senior year. He was known by many as a leader by example both on and off the field.

Last year, as Jerry’s friend and former roommate, Terry Manning, looked forward to his 50th reunion he began to consider ways in which he could show support for the exceptional opportunities Mansfield afforded him and how he could help afford future students the same opportunities. As a result, Terry established the Terry and Michele Manning Athletic Scholarship Endowment. As a student he was the recipient of a scholarship his senior year which was instrumental in his obtaining his degree at Mansfield. Terry knew that this was the same leadership and support of future Mounties that Jerry would have also displayed at his 50th reunion next year.

That is why Terry and Jerry’s friends and family, widow Rebecca (Mattis) Osborne, Christina Mattis, and Jeffrey Mattis have paid tribute to Jerry’s lasting legacy and the leadership he exemplified throughout his life with the establishment of “The Jerry Mattis Scholarship Fund” at Mansfield University Foundation. This fund will assist future generations of Mansfield University student-athletes in their quest for knowledge, understanding, and productive skills. This is an opportunity for those of us who gained so much from Jerry’s friendship, leadership and mentoring to establish this fund as a permanent reminder of the pursuit of excellence, which he instilled in those who were influenced by him.

If you would like to learn more about this scholarship fund please contact Mindy Engel at the Mansfield University Foundation at 570-662-4296 or to make a secured online gift to “The Jerry Mattis Scholarship Fund” please visit the Foundation at


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