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Alumna, family establish memorial scholarship

An alumna of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s welding program and her family have established a scholarship at the college honoring the memory of her father.

The Douglas M. Puckly Memorial Scholarship was created by Stephanie M. Puckly Biltz, a 2017 welding & fabrication engineering technology graduate, who is married to another 2017 Penn College welding & fabrication engineering technology alumnus, Cory W. Biltz.

The Puckly family said it decided to establish a scholarship in Doug’s name after his tragic death in 2019.

Preference for the scholarship will be given to full-time Penn College students who are enrolled in either forestry or welding & metal fabrication academic programs.

Douglas Puckly was passionate about working with his hands and being immersed in nature. He was a highly skilled and respected member of the logging and forestry industry for over 30 years. He challenged his daughter to learn how to weld while she was in high school, which led her down the path of furthering her education and pursuing a career in welding. Stephanie Puckly Biltz works for BAE Systems in York.

Aside from being known for his love of the woods, whether it be for work or for pleasure, Douglas Puckly was adamant about supporting and helping those around him, regardless of the situation.

“We are extremely thankful for this generous gift from the Puckly family. This scholarship will enable students to continue to achieve their academic dreams while also honoring the memory of a cherished husband and father,” said Kimberly R. Cassel, college relations director at Penn College.

“It is our hope that this scholarship enables students to pursue a career in a field that they are passionate about – and make a lasting impact in the industry,” said Stephanie Puckly Biltz. “We wish them much success as they embark on this journey and their future careers.”

More about scholarships at Penn College can be found at the Admissions & Aid webpage.

Penn College is a national leader in applied technology education. For more, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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