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November 6, 2014

Howard Hanna funds business scholarships

The Howard Hanna family has given $1 million to provide need-based scholarships for students in the Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration.

Two endowed scholarship funds are being established to honor the achievements and contributions of Pitt alumnus Howard Hanna Jr., founder of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services and the Howard Hanna Foundation.

Hanna and his wife, Ann Freyvogel Hanna, founded the company in 1957. It now is the fourth-largest real estate company in the U.S. with more than 6,200 employees in eight states.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Pitt in 1942, Hanna Jr. served in the U.S. Army during World War II as an American liaison officer with the British Army in India and returned to Pitt to earn his Master of Letters degree in 1949.

Said son Howard W. “Hoddy” Hanna III, chairman and CEO: “The University of Pittsburgh has been an important cornerstone in my dad’s life, in the Hanna family, and in the real estate company that bears his name. His abilities allowed him to graduate from Pitt with both undergraduate and master’s degrees in business. The Howard W. Hanna Jr. scholarship funds are a small repayment so that future generations can receive the same grounding in leadership that our father received from the University of Pittsburgh.”

Filed under: Feature,Volume 47 Issue 6