Wilkes University

2017 Founders Gala

2017 Founders Gala

At the 2017 Founders Gala, we awarded the President’s Medal to Mr. Frank Martz Henry, who has helped enhance the student experience and advance the mission of the University. 


Photo of Mr. Henry

The 2017 President's Medal was awarded the President’s Medal to Mr. Frank Martz Henry, who has helped enhance the student experience and advance the mission of the University.

Frank Martz Henry’s distinguished career in the transportation industry includes serving as the president of Gold Line, Inc., president of First Class Coach Company, Inc. and as chairman emeritus of the Wilkes-Barre-based Frank Martz Coach Company and the Martz Group companies, where he served as president from 1964 to 1995. Mr. Henry has also served many local, regional, and national companies in various capacities and is a past chairman and member of the Geisinger Health System Foundation Board of Directors, Salvation Army Advisory Board, and past chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA. Mr. Henry was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, graduating from Wyoming Seminary and Yale University with a bachelor of arts in economics. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he served in the strategic air command.

Mr. Henry is an honored friend and dedicated supporter of Wilkes University. His generous support is reflected in the Henry Student Center, the Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Gymnasium, and his 40 years of service on the Wilkes University Board of Trustees. He exemplifies the charge of The President’s Medal, as his lifelong work reflects his passion and commitment to our community and Wilkes’ founding mission.


Photo of Courtney MoyerFounder Gala Scholarship Recipients

Courtney Moyer ’17

As the youngest of three children and the first one in my family to graduate from high school, I knew that going to college wasn’t optional — it was essential. Making the choice to go to Wilkes was easy; trying to garner the funds to be able to stay would be the challenging part. My worries were put to rest when I was notified that I would be a recipient of the first generation scholarship. On May 20, I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in political science; a feat that would not have been possible without the generosity of a few very special people.

Photo of Gabriel VelezGabriel Velez ’18

Attending a four-year university was definitely my goal after high school graduation. Upon doing research, I quickly realized that the cost of seeking a higher education would be a burden for me and my parents, but we were determined to make it happen. I was very fortunate to be a recipient of a first generation scholarship during my second year at Wilkes University. Since receiving the scholarship, I have been able to cut back hours at work and focus more time on my studies, take on extracurricular activities such as being on the tennis team, treasurer of the multi-cultural student coalition, and treasurer of the nursing class of 2019. I will continue down this road to success and become the first member of my family to obtain a bachelor’s degree. My ultimate goal is to go even further and achieve my master’s degree in nurse anesthesia. Maybe one day I too can impact someone’s life as you donors have impacted mine.

Photo of Danay RosaDanay Rosa ’19

As a first generation Latina woman, I am a proud Wilkes University student and hope to inspire other young strong women like myself to use their experiences and challenges to do great things. As a third year student pursuing a degree in biology, I have great aspirations of becoming a physician. Wilkes University has provided countless opportunities and I recognize my education is something no one can ever take from me and for that I am eternally grateful. My foundation as a person is built upon my family with recognition of the numerous sacrifices and hard work they have encountered to provide the best life for our family. Clearly, I wouldn’t be half the person that I am today if it weren’t for them.


Founders Gala 2017 Photo Gallery

Founders Gala 2017