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Alumnus Endows a ‘Sweet’ Scholarship for Major

The past president of the nation’s largest independent honey company and his wife have endowed a scholarship for machining students at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The Kitt and Bill Gamber Scholarship will benefit full-time students enrolled in the college’s machine tool technology associate-degree major. Typical careers for graduates of the program include toolmaker, machinist, CNC (Computer Numerical Control) technician, production technician and manufacturing assistant.

Gamber graduated from Penn College predecessor Williamsport Technical Institute in 1959 with a certificate in tool making. Married for more than 50 years, Gamber and his wife, Kitt, have two children and seven grandsons.

“I am extremely thankful for the support that Bill and Kitt will be providing for our machine tool technology students by establishing this scholarship,” said Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation. “Penn College is proud of the very successful career Bill has had leading his family’s business. It is gratifying that he attributes a portion of that success to the start he received at Williamsport Technical Institute.”

Following stints at Flinchbaugh Products, where he received his journeyman’s papers; RCA, as a tool and die maker; and AMP Inc., as a supervisor, Gamber joined the family’s Lancaster-based business: Dutch Gold Honey Inc. The company began in 1946 as a beekeeping hobby for his parents, Ralph and Luella. Gamber eventually succeeded his father as president and continued to grow the company, which today has 90 employees and processes 70 million pounds of honey annually.

“When I left Williamsport Technical Institute, I did not realize how prepared I was for my first job,” Gamber said. “The education I received was second to none. After the first month on the job, I received an increase in pay because I was able to do more than expected. It was a great start for the rest of my career. For this reason, I would hope this endowment will help students in their journey.”

The 2012 recipient of Penn College’s distinguished alumni award is now semi-retired as co-owner and chairman of Dutch Gold Honey. He is also director of the Gamber Foundation, which supports charities, honey-industry research and scholarships for company employees.

Gamber’s other service includes vice president and co-owner (with his son) of En-R-G Foods, co-owner and chairman of Gamber Container Co. Inc., and partner in the Dutch Gold Business Center.

Anyone interested in contributing to a scholarship or establishing one can send a donation to the Penn College Foundation, One College Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701; give online or call the Institutional Advancement Office toll-free at 866-GIVE-2-PC (866-448-3272).

Students who wish to apply for any of the more than 200 scholarships administered by the Penn College Foundation may visit www.pct.edu/scholarships and complete the online scholarship application.

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

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