News about Scholarships

Mentored Students Dazzle at Silver-Anniversary ‘Chef’ Dinner

The star-studded Spring 2017 Visiting Chef lineup (from left): Tramonto, Folse, Gardner and Wressell.

World-class chefs spent several days on the Penn College campus to impart their wisdom while they guided students in the production of the 25th Anniversary Visiting Chef Dinner, held April 7. Chefs Rick Tramonto, John Folse, Donald Wressell and Elaine Gardner spent time in classrooms, where they shared their culinary journeys and offered professional insight, and in the School of Business & Hospitality’s kitchens, where they offered hands-on lessons while producing the $125-a-plate fundraising dinner, which helps to provide scholarships for students in the college’s baking and pastry arts, culinary arts, and hospitality management majors. Tramonto and Folse, who separately have received the highest honors in culinary arts and have authored several award-winning cookbooks, offered additional talks for the public in the Madigan Library, where they endeavored to inspire students to pursue both big dreams and a career of service to others. Together, the pair are the founders of Home on the Range: Folse Tramonto Restaurant Development LLC. Their first joint venture, Restaurant R’evolution, opened in New Orleans’ French Quarter in 2012 and was named Restaurant of the Year by New Orleans Magazine. In 2014, they opened Seafood R’evolution in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Wressell, who was pastry chef for the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills for 19 years, has led gold-medal U.S. teams in the World Pastry Team Championship and Le Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie in France, and has brought home many medals himself. Gardner is the chef at Dizengoff in Philadelphia and was, while working at Zahav, featured in a PhillyVoice article that highlighted “six talented Philly sous chefs making their bosses look good.”

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Applauding the Helpful Hands in ‘Hands-On’ Education

With the donor wall reflecting an atmosphere of appreciation, President Gilmour addresses the gathering as Debra M. Miller prepares to present gifts to contributors.

Jacob J. Sandfort, a hospitality management freshman from Wyalusing, adds finishing touches to the culinary array.

Carl N. Beaver, an inductee to the Pillar Society, receives a pin and appreciation from the president.

Representing the Student Government Association is its president, Caleb E. Cartmell, a junior in automotive management technology from Honesdale.

The SASC lobby offers a lovely setting for celebration.

The individual and corporate benefactors who donate to scholarships, laboratory equipment and other encouragement for Penn College students were celebrated at Tuesday evening’s 13th annual Donor Wall Recognition Reception, held in the Student & Administrative Services Center. President Davie Jane Gilmour recognized contributors whose names have been added to the Donor Wall in the SASC lobby, as well as those whose enduring generosity carried them to heightened plateaus of giving. Gilmour also acknowledged the service of Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement, who was directing her final Donor Wall reception due to her upcoming retirement.

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Students Helping Students Through Annual Silent Auction

SGA The Student Government Association at Pennsylvania College of Technology will host its annual Silent Auction on Friday, April 28, to benefit the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship Fund.

The auction will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the first floor of Madigan Library. All proceeds from the event – which is open to the public – will go directly toward increasing the endowment of the fund, which currently awards two $1,000 scholarships annually to students who play leadership roles at the college.

“The Student Government Association’s annual Silent Auction is just one of many great examples of Penn College students supporting one another,” said Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities. “The auction is a big undertaking, but SGA members know the impact scholarships like the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship can have on their fellow students.”

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Couple Establishes Scholarship for Veterans’ Benefit

Joann and R. David Kay have established a scholarship fund at Penn College to assist students serving in the reserves.

Two retirees’ advocacy for Pennsylvania College of Technology and the military is reflected in their establishment of a scholarship fund to assist veterans enrolled at the institution.

The R. David and Joann Kay Veterans Scholarship will give preference to full-time students serving in the reserves of any branch of the armed forces who have completed at least two semesters at Penn College with a minimum 2.5 GPA.

“As longtime supporters of the college, David and Joann have witnessed firsthand how scholarship support positively impacts the lives of our students,” said Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement. “We are most grateful for their continued support of Penn College through this scholarship to benefit our veteran students.”

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Culinary Giants Join Forces for 25th Anniversary Visiting Chef

In early April, Pennsylvania College of Technology will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Visiting Chef Series with the return, for the seventh time, of “Louisiana’s culinary ambassador to the world,” Chef John Folse, along with Folse’s renowned restaurant partner Chef Rick Tramonto, internationally heralded Pastry Chef Donald Wressell, and Chef Elaine Gardner, a 2011 Penn College graduate who has already made a name in Philadelphia’s food industry.

During their stay, the chefs will offer book talks for the public, share insights in classrooms and work alongside students to prepare an elegant, five-course fundraising dinner in the college’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

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As Employees Dress Down, ‘Patriot’ Donations Go Up, Up, Up

The Penn College Wildcat, joined by financial aid personnel on Monday, prepares to canvass campus offices for spare-change scholarship donations. Accompanying the mascot, from left, are Michael D. Seitzer, a Veterans Affairs work-study student; Chet Beaver, financial aid specialist, veterans services; Dennis L. Correll, associate dean for enrollment management; Kara L. Daneker, financial aid specialist, needs analysis; Kimberly A. Venti, financial aid specialist, support services; Gale I. Grove, financial aid assistant; Jessica S. Hunter, assistant director of financial aid; and Jen M. Baker, financial aid specialist, federal programs.

Clad in the official dress-down T-shirt and carrying a star-spangled collection can, Seitzer – a Williamsport resident enrolled in business administration: management concentration – prepares to venture out with the Wildcat and their team in search of contributions.

Penn College’s Patriot Scholarship, established to assist veteran students and their children, is 60 percent of the way to its objective – and well ahead of schedule. While more concrete figures will be available after Spring Break, the unofficial total for collections over the past 13 months stands at about $15,000. That represents substantial progress toward the $25,000 target for full endowment, a goal that organizers gave themselves three years to meet, and reflects the very giving spirit of the campus community. The Financial Aid Office staff, furthering the success it experienced with the Mary Beth Saar Memorial Scholarship, has collected about $1,300 in office solicitations this February and last, and about $5,000 by selling T-shirts to wear for “Red, White and Blue Jean Mondays.”
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Company Establishes Plastics Scholarship at Penn College

Penn College plastics students work in an extrusion lab under the direction of Gary E. McQuay, center, engineering manager for the Plastics Innovation Resource Center at the college. Sekisui SPI, part of Sekisui Chemical Co., is establishing a scholarship for first-year plastics students at Penn College.

A leading global thermoplastics company will reward students’ interest in plastics by establishing two $7,000 scholarships at Pennsylvania College of Technology for Fall 2017.

Preference for the Sekisui SPI Workforce Development Scholarship will be given to first-year students seeking a bachelor’s degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology, who reside in Pennsylvania or Michigan and rank in the top third of their high school graduating class.

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Stabler Foundation Delivers Additional Scholarship Support

An endowment established in 2015 at Pennsylvania College of Technology with a $530,000 grant from The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation of Harrisburg is receiving an additional $540,000 in support from the foundation.

The $540,000 will support scholarships for students in the Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program who matriculate to Penn College as full-time students.

Penn College NOW is a nationally accredited dual-enrollment program. Penn College courses are taught by approved teachers at high schools and career and technology centers. There is no tuition cost to the participating students, and the program currently works with 42 partners across Pennsylvania.

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Alumna Establishes Scholarship for Hospitality Students

An alumna and longtime adviser of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s hospitality department has established a scholarship to benefit students pursuing careers in the same field.

The Diane L. Dorner Scholarship will benefit first- and second-year students in several of Penn College’s hospitality-related majors: culinary arts and systems, culinary arts technology, hospitality management, and business administration: sport and event management concentration.

Dorner graduated from Williamsport Area Community College, Penn College’s immediate predecessor, in 1979 with an associate degree in food and hospitality management. She is district manager for Carrols LLC, a Burger King franchisee that operates more than 700 restaurants in 16 states.

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Foundation’s Generosity Endows Scholarship, Creates Opportunity

A significant grant from the Tamaqua-based John E. Morgan Foundation will allow students from that area to enroll in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s distinctive “degrees that work.”

The nonprofit foundation’s $500,000 contribution establishes the John E. Morgan Scholarship, which will give first preference to graduates of Tamaqua Area High School who are pursuing “a degree that is not readily available from other institutions, at a comparable price, within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

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Students Form Short-Term Business to Benefit Scholarship Fund

Penn College’s Wildcat mascot stops by a sales table for Comfy & Sweet, a retail operation set up by students in the college’s Business Planning and Operations class to raise money for a student scholarship fund. With the Wildcat is Michael D. Seitzer, of Williamsport, a student in business administration: management concentration.

Pennsylvania College of Technology students took course learning in the Business Planning and Operations class far beyond the textbook, forming a retail operation that raised money for a student scholarship fund.

Coining their company Comfy & Sweet, the students devised a plan to sell blankets and handmade candy at two on-campus locations. To help entice their target audience, the blankets were adorned with the college’s Wildcat logo, and the candy featured paw prints. The students exceeded their expectations, quickly selling their initial stock of blankets and running out of a second order before their two-week planned sales period expired.

In total, Comfy & Sweet sold 275 bags of candy and an equal number of blankets, raising $1,782 for the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is awarded each fall to a student who is pursuing a minor in small business management and entrepreneurship and has taken the Small Business Management class.

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Consider Penn College in Your Year-End Giving Plans

If you are considering making a charitable donation as the 2016 tax year comes to a close, please remember the Penn College Fund. Gifts to the Penn College Fund provide scholarships, purchase the latest equipment and technology necessary to give our students the skills they need to compete in industry, and support the academic programs that make ours “degrees that work.”

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Scholarship Memorializing EMS Trailblazer Fully Endowed

From left, Mark A. Trueman, director of the Paramedic Technology Program; Linda Patrick, daughter of the late William E. Henry; Kelle Johnson, his fiancée; Molly J. Durland, recipient of the William E. Henry Memorial Scholarship; Heather, Matthew and Lilly Henry, William’s daughter-in-law, son and granddaughter; and Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation.

The family of William E. Henry gathered on campus Thursday to deliver a check that brings the scholarship fund established in his name to fully endowed status. Henry was a pioneer in Lycoming County’s emergency medical services. He was in the first graduating class from the Williamsport Hospital School of Paramedic Training – the Penn College emergency medical services program’s predecessor – and served many vital roles as a leader, instructor and paramedic. The William E. Henry Memorial Scholarship is open to students in the college’s emergency medical services associate-degree major or paramedic technician certificate major who are residents of Bradford, Clinton, Lycoming, Potter, Sullivan Tioga and Union counties and who have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Molly J. Durland, an emergency medical services student from Dushore, is the 2016-17 recipient and joined the family for a photo. The family gathered later Thursday evening to celebrate the scholarship becoming fully endowed and to remember the life and contributions of Henry.

Quilt Raffle Raises More Than $1,800 for Schuman Scholarship

A handmade quilt ...

... "created with love" in memory of Chester D. Schuman, a 34-year employee of the college ...

... is delivered to winner Angela L. Frontz (right) by Sarah S. Moore, one of Schuman's two daughters.

A recent quilt raffle raised $1,810 for the Chester D. Schuman Memorial Scholarship, which honors the former director of admissions and award-winning coach of the Wildcat golf team. Angela L. Frontz, a mathematics instructional specialist in the Academic Success Center, won the 71- by 83-inch quilt, which was handcrafted in Penn College colors by Schuman’s wife, Pam; his sister, Kaye; and friend Kathy Eshelman. The family is grateful to all the college employees, friends, family and alumni who purchased tickets to benefit the scholarship fund.
Photos by Sarah S. Moore, deaf services specialist, and Dawn M. Dickey, assistant director, Disability Services

College Foundation Marks 35 Years of Support to Students

The Parkes Automotive Technology Center is transformed into a banquet space complete with autumnal and automotive accents.

A mix of Le Jeune Chef Restaurant waitstaff and hospitality management students stand ready to serve authentic Oktoberfest fare. From left: Amber F. Buck, Jennifer A. Moyer, Denis V. Younken, Crystal L. Harker, Noeiris Pliego and Taylor M. Barrett.

Seasonal décor complements the festive occasion honoring the generosity of donors and their support of students.

Five of the Foundation’s executive directors were on hand for the event. From left: current executive director Robb C. Dietrich, and former executive directors Joann Kay, Frederick T. Gilmour, Lenore G. Penfield and Dennis L. Correll.

College President Davie Jane Gilmour and George E. "Herman" Logue Jr., foundation chairperson, welcomed guests and acknowledged three and a half decades of success.

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation celebrated its 35th anniversary Sunday, honoring its past and present directors and the countless donors who have made “degrees that work” a reality for thousands of students. The Penn College Foundation was established in 1981 as the Williamsport Area Community College Foundation, awarding its first scholarships – totaling $2,902 – two years later. The foundation has since surpassed $13 million in total assets and, during the 2015-16 academic year, provided $620,398 in aid to students.