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Craig A. Dally '78, his wife, Ann, and other members of the Dally family have established a scholarship fund at Lafayette in memory of Craig Dally's father, the late John T. Dally '49, and in honor of his mother, Marge Dally.

Called the John T. '49 and Marge Dally Family Scholarship Fund, the scholarship has been set up to provide financial aid for intercollegiate student-athletes who demonstrate financial need, with first consideration given to residents of the Slate Belt, particularly Pen Argyl Borough, Wind Gap Borough, and Plainfield Township. The selection criteria for recipients include leadership potential, moral character, diversity of interests, and contributions to the Lafayette community.

Other contributors to the scholarship fund include John Dally's wife, Marge; daughter Karin Dally Curcio and her husband, Michael; and son John Jr. and his wife, Susan. Karin and Michael Curcio are the parents of English major Catherine Ann Curcio '03 and Matthew Michael Curcio '00, who graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in economics and business.

A native of Pen Argyl and graduate of Pen Argyl Area High School, Craig Dally is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives for the 138th district, which includes parts of Monroe and Northampton counties. The scholarship fund is aimed at helping students from a region where the Dally family has deep roots and maintains strong ties, he says.

“The areas were selected due to the residence of my parents, brother, and sister in the Pen Argyl Area School District, from which my father and my siblings and I graduated,” Dally says. “My wife is a graduate of Bangor Area High School, my brother-in-law is a graduate of Pius X High School, and my family now resides in the Nazareth school district. The geographic area of the Pen Argyl school district is thus given preference, followed by the geographic boundaries of the Bangor and Nazareth school districts.”

“Speaking on behalf of my mother and other family members, we look forward to witnessing the opportunities that this scholarship fund will provide to scholar-athletes in our respective communities and with it, the realization of my late father's expressed desire to establish such a gift,” Dally continues. “While the creation of this scholarship fund posthumously leaves all of us with bittersweet feelings, it is an event that would have made my father most proud, for it will promote an institution that he cherished and support members of a community that he loved.”

The first recipient of financial aid from the scholarship fund is John-Frank Stubits '05, who intends to major in economics and business. A three-sport athlete at Nazareth Area High School, Stubits played defensive back on the varsity football team this fall.

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