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President’s Legacy Campaign gift benefits student scholarships

Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour has made a substantial commitment to the college’s Legacy Campaign for Penn College fundraising effort. The donation will benefit several key scholarship initiatives for students.

Gilmour, who recently announced plans to retire as president on June 30, 2022, is making a six-figure gift that will support the existing Tomorrow Makers Scholarship, as well as two new endowed funds she is creating: the Gilmour Global Experiences Endowment and the Gilmour Student Competition Endowment.

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College, Alexander Family Dealerships collaborate on digital sign

The new digital billboard is installed last month along Interstate 180 near Penn College.
The new digital billboard is installed last month along Interstate 180 near Penn College.

In partnership with Pennsylvania College of Technology, Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships has made a significant donation to erect color digital signage along Interstate 180 near the college.

The double-sided, 14-by-48-foot sign – which stands 70 feet high – replaces an existing college-owned sign that is no longer in operation.

Penn College will use the sign to promote academic programs, as well as a range of activities and events, Wildcat Athletics and college-related initiatives.

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‘Bucky’ goes off the gridiron, into the studio

Speicher (center), with "PA live!" co-hosts Bohinski and Bianco
Speicher (center), with “PA live!” co-hosts Bohinski and Bianco

Penn College writer/video producer Tom Speicher, whose literary labor of love and friendship finessed a mentor’s manuscript into print, was featured in a four-minute segment of WBRE’s “PA live!” on Thursday afternoon. Co-hosts Haley Bianco and Christopher Bohinski discussed “Bucky Deacon’s Dilemma,” a youth football novel written by local sports legend Bill Byham in the 1980s, and revised and recently published by Speicher. The interview touched on the book’s winding road to publication, its universal themes (leadership and conflict resolution, among them) and the philanthropic fact that sales benefit the institution’s Emergency Scholarship Fund. “I’m very excited about that,” Speicher said. “I’ve worked at Penn College for over 30 years now in various capacities, so it was very important for me that I was able to give back.” Recommended for 10- to 14-year-olds, the book is available from Amazon in paperback ($6.99) and Kindle ($3.99) editions.

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College part of pioneering $1.8 million scholarship initiative

Pennsylvania College of Technology is partnering with the Brook J. Lenfest Foundation and Philadelphia Foundation for the Lenfest Immensitas Scholars Program, which benefits youth in, or aging out of, foster care.

The innovative large-scale initiative, designed to increase college graduation among up to 100 Philadelphians annually, features participation principally from Harcum College (80 scholars) with additional funding reserved for three institutions: Penn College, 10 scholars; Penn State main campus, five scholars; and West Chester University, five scholars.

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College launches $1.5 million ‘Kick Start Scholarship’ project

Pennsylvania College of Technology is committing $1.25 million in existing scholarships and $250,000 in new scholarships for incoming students in Fall 2021.

Eligible students may receive up to $5,000 scholarship awards through the initiative, known as the Kick Start Scholarship project. Part of the college’s plan to continue seeking the best and the brightest prospective students, the project is being launched during somewhat turbulent times to ensure that a Penn College degree is accessible to more students.

To be considered for a Kick Start Scholarship award, prospective students are being asked to submit a 30- to 60-second video that shares how the scholarship will help kick start their education at Penn College.  The college is sharing the videos on its social media platforms.

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Students to benefit from co-author’s tribute to late mentor

When local sports legend Bill Byham passed away in late May 2017, his unpublished novel – offering relevant life lessons through the prism of junior-high football – could easily have died with him.

The manuscript of “Bucky Deacon’s Dilemma,” pecked out on a typewriter during summers by the pool, had languished for decades since Byham tried unsuccessfully to get it published through the comparably limited outlets of the 1980s and ’90s. The dream of sharing Bucky’s story with the world would have remained unrealized, but for a friend who fondly remembered his once-upon-a-time reading of it.

“A couple weeks before he died, Bill just wanted to write. He talked about it a lot,” said Tom Speicher, who met Byham as a Lycoming College freshman. “About two years afterward, I got the idea that publishing his book would be a great way to pay tribute to him. We need more stories like this, sharing the virtues of teamwork, conflict resolution and friendship.”

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Scholarship donors get firsthand look at their fruitful philanthropy

A recent Scholarship Celebration, including remarks delivered from the new Center for Career Design, paid tribute to scholarship donors and vividly illustrated the life-changing impact that their support creates for Pennsylvania College of Technology students.

Emceed by Kyle A. Smith, executive director of college relations and the Penn College Foundation, the event featured the perspective of Student Government Association President Ethan M. McKenzie, graduating this spring in software development and information management, and 2018 applied technology studies alumnus Ryan Monteleone, who also holds a degree in information assurance and cyber security.

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New scholarship to benefit contracted ROTC students

An endowed scholarship established at Pennsylvania College of Technology will offer financial support to the college’s full-time, contracted Army ROTC students.

The Major General Fred Marty Scholarship will benefit the growing number of Penn College ROTC cadets earning Army officer commissions from the Bald Eagle Battalion, which also serves students at Lock Haven and Mansfield universities and Lycoming College.

The scholarship honors the same man whose name graces the Major General Fred F. Marty Veterans & Military Resource Center at Penn College, which provides a place for veteran and active-duty military students to gather, collaborate, study and discuss their military benefits with campus mentors.

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Scholarship honors former LDG leader, promotes diversity

Inspired by the mission of the 50K Coalition, a new scholarship established at Pennsylvania College of Technology by Larson Design Group (LDG) supports diversity and honors the longtime service of the firm’s former president and CEO.

The 50K Coalition focuses on a bold national goal of producing 50,000 diverse engineering graduates annually by 2025. The Keith S. Kuzio Larson Design Group Scholarship at Penn College will be awarded to a full-time, diverse candidate studying in the architecture and engineering fields at the college. The yearly scholarship includes a summer internship.

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Penn College’s largest endowed scholarship fund receives boost

A new $200,000 gift from The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation of Harrisburg brings the foundation’s total scholarship support to Pennsylvania College of Technology students to more than $3 million.

The scholarship endowment, the largest at Penn College, provides student recipients with $5,000 per year for up to four years.

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SGA fall fundraiser to benefit Student Leader Legacy Scholarship

Items include gift baskets assembled and donated by the Wildcat Events Board ...
Items include gift baskets assembled and donated by the Wildcat Events Board …
... Dining Services ...
… Dining Services …
... The College Store ...
… The College Store …
... and esports.
… and esports.

Join the Student Government Association from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday (Nov. 17-19) for its fall fundraiser in the Bush Campus Center lobby. All proceeds from the event benefit the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship, which is awarded annually to students that display exemplary leadership in the Penn College community. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Student Government Association was not able to host its annual silent auction fundraiser in Spring 2020. After various discussions, SGA decided that hosting this fall fundraiser would be a great additional way to raise funds for the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship,” said David Eaton, SGA’s vice president of finance and a web and interactive media student from Harrisburg. “I would like to thank the SGA finance committee in advance for helping with the creation, execution and turnout of the event.” Bidders on the various items, donated by the Penn College and Williamsport communities, can register on-site with an SGA representative and need not be present when the winners are announced.
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Campus comes together to ‘Give Thanks’ and ‘Paw It Forward’

Student college relations assistants collaborated with fellow student leaders to coordinate campuswide “Give Thanks” engagement efforts to show their gratitude to those who invest in the Penn College experience.

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Six students to receive YES Scholarships for 2020-21

The Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council and Pennsylvania College of Technology announced the first recipients of the YES Certificate Program Scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year.

Six students from six school districts have earned the award. All have been certified through the YES Program and have chosen to further their education at Penn College. The students and their school districts are: Madeline M. Bordner, Williams Valley; Ryan D. Evert, North Schuylkill; Karson J. Felty, Pine Grove Area; Matt J. Siluk, Blue Mountain; Marcus A. Toot, Pittston Area; and Ethan R. Wagner, Minersville Area.

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Ten first-year students chosen as ‘BE Scholars’ at Penn College

Ten students embarking on their first semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology have been chosen as Built Environment Scholars in a program that rewards academic talent in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related career fields.

Each was awarded a scholarship ranging from $4,250 to $7,000, funded through a $1 million National Science Foundation grant to increase retention, graduation and workforce preparedness for students in many of Penn College’s STEM-focused construction and engineering majors.

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Administrators boost support for diversity, student leadership

Two senior-level administrators at Pennsylvania College of Technology are amplifying their financial support for efforts to enhance diversity and to further develop student leadership opportunities at the institution.

Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost, and Elliott Strickland, vice president for student affairs, have a two-decade history of philanthropy that has empowered student success at Penn College. As advocates for student development through leadership, service, scholarship and global experiences, they appreciate the precise balance of learning opportunities that Penn College provides inside and outside its renowned classrooms and labs.

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