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Alumnus Establishes Penn College Scholarship


An alumnus of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s forerunner is supporting the future of the school with a new scholarship.

Paul and Erika Sykes, of Royal Oak, Michigan, have established a scholarship through a bequest in their will. The scholarship will benefit graduates of Williamsport Area High School who enroll at Penn College.

Paul Sykes is a 1988 graduate of the former Williamsport Area Community College, where he earned an associate degree in electronics technology.

Paul and Erika Sykes
Paul and Erika Sykes

“For many, the financial burden of higher education can overwhelm and make the opportunity seem out of reach,” Sykes said. “It is our sincere hope that the financial assistance this scholarship will provide will ensure that motivated students will not be deterred from achieving their dream because of financial concerns.

“As someone who relied on financial assistance, Penn College built a strong foundation for me that progressed to a bachelors’ degree in engineering and a master’s in business administration. I’m thankful to have had the Penn College educational opportunity and experience.”

“We’re grateful to Paul and Erika for providing for the future of Penn College by establishing a scholarship through their estate,” said Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation. “Their generosity will create a lasting legacy for their belief in the importance of applied technology education.”

Those interested in establishing a scholarship fund 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 should complete the online 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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