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Canisius College and M&T Bank have partnered to establish a scholarship in honor of the late Michael P. Pinto. Pinto served in several leadership roles at M&T, including executive vice president, chief financial officer and vice chairman, and was a longtime supporter of Canisius College.

The Michael Pinto Memorial Scholarship is available to children of M&T employees who have been accepted to Canisius College. Scholarship recipients will be awarded a full scholarship, including tuition, room, board and standard fees, which is renewable for four years. The first scholarship will be awarded for the 2016-17 fall semester. One new scholarship will be awarded to a first-time freshman every other academic year.

“Throughout his tenure at the bank, Michael played an integral role in helping to build M&T in size, strength and stability,” said Robert Wilmers, chief executive officer for M&T Bank. “Michael was both a conscience and a compass, helping to instill the values that define who we are and what we do, while playing a leading role in charting the course of the bank’s strategic direction.”

“Creating this scholarship is a way to recognize Michael’s generous support of the college over the years, and honor his legacy at Canisius,” said President John J. Hurley. “I cannot think of a better or more appropriate way to honor and remember Michael than through the establishment of this scholarship in his name.”

For more information about the Michael Pinto Memorial Scholarship, please contact Rachel Flammer, director of stewardship at Canisius College, at 716-888-8217 or

Submitted by: Public Relations