Employees in the General Services department at Pennsylvania College of Technology are supporting a scholarship established by one of their own.
After hearing President Davie Jane Gilmour announce the Penn College Scholarship Campaign at an all-college meeting in August, Don Luke, facilities supervisor and a General Services employee since 1990, began thinking about his tenure at the institution, the career opportunities extended to him, the quality of benefits he and his family enjoy, and the satisfaction of helping students financially so they can achieve their dreams.
As a way of giving back to the college, Luke decided to start a scholarship that he – and his fellow General Services employees – could support. Luke made a payroll-deduction pledge to start the Penn College General Services Scholarship, which will benefit students in majors who could eventually work in General Services. The payroll-deduction option allows Luke to make his gift in a budget-friendly fashion.
The new annual scholarship will be focused on full-time students with financial need from northcentral Pennsylvania who are enrolled in landscape/horticulture, HVAC, building construction, plumbing and electrical majors.
“While taking courses here at the college, I realized by talking with other students how difficult it is to financially support an education, and I wanted to do something to help,” Luke said. “I also was able to see firsthand the difference it made in a student’s life when he or she was awarded a Penn College scholarship.”
“We’re very appreciative of Don’s personal generosity and his willingness to be an advocate to his colleagues,” said Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation. “As the Penn College Scholarship Campaign continues, more and more individuals like Don – who are grateful for the opportunities they have had because of Penn College – are coming forward, excited to help future generations of students have access to those same opportunities.”
Students interested in applying for this and the more than 200 scholarships administered by the Penn College Foundation should visit the Scholarships web page and complete the online scholarship application.
For more information about making a gift to the campaign or establishing a scholarship fund to support Penn College and its students, email or call the Institutional Advancement Office toll-free at 866-GIVE-2-PC (866-448-3272).