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November 23, 2005

UPB scholarship fund established

The children of Robert D. Galey, a longtime supporter of Pitt-Bradford and currently an emeritus member of its advisory board, have given a $100,000 gift to UPB to create a scholarship in his honor.

The scholarship will provide financial assistance to students who are descendants of employees of Zippo Manufacturing Co., where the senior Galey worked for more than 40 years, including serving as the company’s president and chief executive officer.

Preference will be given to a student who is a child of a Zippo employee, with second preference going to a grandchild of a Zippo employee.


In addition, the student must have a minimum SAT score of 1,100 and a grade point average of 3.0. The student also must be a full-time student in good standing and working toward a degree.

Galey joined the Pitt-Bradford advisory board in 1981 and currently serves as an emeritus member. He also served as the co-chairman of the Campaign 2000, helping the campus to raise $10.1 million in gifts and pledges, and is a member of the UPB’s executive and development committees.

Galey began working at Zippo in 1945 and was named a regional sales manager in 1948. In 1951, he was promoted to assistant manager and seven years later was named vice president and sales manager. He was named the company’s president and chief executive officer in 1979, a title he held until he retired in 1986.

David K. Galey, William K. Galey and Susan M. Ruby established the Robert D. Galey Merit Scholarship as a way to show their appreciation to their father.

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