Seton Hall Law Alumna Establishes Scholarship in Honor of Grandfather
Family. Education. Helping Others. Three core values that define Donald B. Hannon,
Sr. and that he has instilled in his family.
Brianna Kostecka ’10, along with her sister, Kerry Kostecka, and cousin, Donald Hannon,
III, grew up with encouragement and support from their family and especially their
grandfather, Donald, Sr. Although Mr. Hannon, one of five sons, was not afforded the
opportunity to attend college himself, he believed that with a quality education,
his grandchildren could do anything they set their minds to.
Brianna recalls her grandfather being the first person ever to suggest that she could
one day be a lawyer – a goal she was able to accomplish thanks to the support she
received from him for her undergraduate degree and from the scholarships awarded to
her at Seton Hall Law. Brianna is currently a Senior Associate at King and Spalding
and a member of their International Arbitration practice in New York. She also remains
engaged with the Law School serving as a moot court coach. Brianna is grateful for
the opportunities afforded to her by the generous support of others, which allowed
her to further her education and pursue the dream of becoming a lawyer without the
Recognizing the importance of scholarship support as a former beneficiary at Seton
Hall Law, Brianna together with Kerry and Donald, III, were inspired to pay it forward
with the establishment of an annual scholarship at Brianna’s alma mater to assist
a deserving student attend the Law School and accomplish the dream of becoming a lawyer.
“The Donald B. Hannon, Sr. Annual Scholarship,” named in honor of their grandfather,
is a tribute to the values that their grandfather lives by and has always instilled
in his family, particularly the values learned from Luke 12:48 which reads: “Much
will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded
of the person entrusted with more.” Brianna, Kerry and Donald recognize the importance
of philanthropic support and look forward to assisting deserving students while honoring
their grandfather’s legacy and values.