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Donors honored for steadfast confidence in college mission

Megan M. Mecouch paints a compelling picture of her life-changing international experience.

The generous support of Pennsylvania College of Technology students by two donor groups – The 1914 Society and The Pillar Society – was readily affirmed in the Community Arts Center’s Capitol Lounge on Saturday evening.

The 1914 Society recognizes individuals and families who make an annual commitment of $1,000 or more to the college; The Pillar Society’s members have named the college or the Penn College Foundation as beneficiaries of planned gifts.

President Davie Jane Gilmour greeted donors and thanked them for their enduring support of Penn College, while Loni N. Kline, vice president for institutional advancement, provided an overview of how their far-reaching thoughtfulness impacts students.

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Stabler Foundation scholarship support reaches $2.25 million

A $720,000 gift from The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation of Harrisburg will help selected students in several categories achieve their educational goals at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Combined with several previous gifts from the foundation, the Stabler Scholarship Endowment Fund at Penn College now totals $2.25 million in scholarship support for qualified students enrolled full time at Penn College.

The latest gift from the Stabler Foundation will allow Penn College to offer first-year scholarship support of $5,000 each for up to an additional six students. Penn College has established criteria for students to be eligible for the scholarship. Students must either be enrolled in Associate of Applied Science degree programs that are nontraditional for their gender, transferring to Penn College from other schools, or matriculating to the college after participating in Penn College NOW in high school.

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B.R. Kreider & Son establishes two Penn College scholarships

Representatives of B.R. Kreider & Son are, from left, Courtney Dougherty, operations assistant; Heidi Hollinger, human resource manager; and Brent Kreider, president.

A pair of scholarships established by a Lancaster County excavating and paving firm will assist students enrolled in diesel and automotive majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology with their education costs.

B.R. Kreider & Son Inc., based in Manheim, has funded the “Pin Oak Service Center, a Sister Company of B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc. Diesel Technology Scholarship,” and the “Pin Oak Service Center, Automotive Technology Scholarship.”

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Morgan Foundation grant pushes scholarship fund past $1 million

A second gift of $500,000 from the Tamaqua-based John E. Morgan Foundation has boosted an endowed scholarship fund at Pennsylvania College of Technology to more than $1 million.

The John E. Morgan Scholarship gives 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.”

Examples of such programs offered at Penn College include, but are not limited to, culinary arts and systems, web and interactive media, building science and sustainable design, health information management, industrial design, plastics and polymer engineering technology, emergency management technology, and aviation maintenance technology.

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Minority student scholarship gets boost toward full endowment

Two senior administrators at Pennsylvania College of Technology have made a commitment to a scholarship that benefits minority students enrolled at the college and supports diversity initiatives within the institution’s strategic plan.

Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost, and Elliott Strickland Jr., vice president for student affairs, will match up to $5,000 in new contributions made to The Start to Finish Minority Student Scholarship at Penn College.

“We are proud to support the Start to Finish Scholarship because it represents the best of Penn College – a scholarship developed for students, by students,” the Stricklands said. “This scholarship will help students, many from marginalized backgrounds, by providing needed funding so they can complete their ‘degrees that work’ at Penn College. We would encourage all members of Penn College’s extended family to consider giving to this new scholarship. Your generosity can make a true impact on our future.”

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Penn College Awards Its First ROTC Scholarship

Kurt M. Maly, of Effort, is the first recipient of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Army ROTC First-Year Scholarship. He is flanked by Lt. Col. Jonathon M. Britton, professor of military science for Bald Eagle Battalion Army ROTC, and Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost at the college.

Kurt M. Maly, of Effort, is the initial recipient of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Army ROTC First-Year Scholarship. The award covers tuition for Maly’s freshman year.

“We are proud to offer this scholarship for incoming ROTC students,” said Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost at Penn College. “For several years, ROTC students at the college have distinguished themselves in and out of the classroom. We have every expectation that Kurt will continue that tradition.”

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Corvette Club Initiates Another Scholarship Fund at Penn College

Members of the Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club deliver a scholarship check and join the four latest Penn College students to receive awards from the fund. From left are Ray Harmon; students Jordan W. Boop, of Williamsport, and Logan K. VanBlargan, of Bloomsburg; Kim Walker; students Alex H. Romas, of Collegeville, and Brady K. Collins, of Catawissa; Al Clapps, chair of the club’s car show committee; Bill Alsted; Paul Butters; Jim Campbell; Dave Cappa; Ed Moore and Jack McDermott.

Students in a variety of automotive and collision repair majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will be eligible for financial assistance from a second scholarship fund established by the Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club.

Annual awards from the Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund will be made to first-year students enrolled full time in the college’s automotive technology, automotive service sales and marketing, collision repair technology, or automotive restoration technology major.

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Compass Group Establishes Scholarship at Penn College

A leading food service and support services company has created an endowed scholarship for students in the School of Business & Hospitality at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Compass Group North America, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, has established the scholarship fund, from which $5,000 awards will be made annually.

To be eligible for the Compass Group North America Scholarship, a student must be enrolled full time in Penn College’s School of Business & Hospitality; have successfully completed two semesters with a GPA of 3.0 or higher; have a home residency in Lycoming, Clinton, Union, Tioga, Bradford, Sullivan, Columbia, Montour, Northumberland or Potter counties; have demonstrated financial need; or have been a recipient of a scholarship from the fund in prior years.

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Penn College’s 32nd Golf Classic Boosts Scholarship Assistance

Dan Boever leaves ‘em laughing during an exhibition at the Penn College Foundation’s recent 32nd Annual Golf Classic, which benefits student scholarships.

A return appearance by one of the most popular performers on the exhibition circuit helped propel the Penn College Foundation’s 32nd Annual Golf Classic into the record books.

The recent event, headlined for the second consecutive time by golf entertainer Dan Boever, was the most successful in its history – topping $100,000 in scholarship support. Compass Group North America was the title sponsor for the tournament, the net proceeds of which benefit the Penn College Foundation Golf Classic Scholarship.

Boever’s talents are contagiously crowd-pleasing, drawing respectful laughter for the proficiency required to make difficult trick shots look so easy.

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Ball Corp. Creates Pair of Scholarships at Penn College

Ball Corp., a leading supplier of metal packaging and aerospace technologies, has established two scholarship funds at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The Diversity in Manufacturing and the Manufacturing Tomorrow’s Leaders scholarship funds each will provide annual $1,500 scholarship awards to students at Penn College.

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Newly Endowed Penn College Scholarship Benefits Veteran Students

Pennsylvania College of Technology has a long-established history of supporting its military and veteran students.

Now, thanks to the generous spirit of employees and students – and another boost from a local Veterans of Foreign Wars post – the Penn College Patriot Scholarship, which assists students who have served or are serving in the military, Reserves or National Guard – has reached endowment.

The scholarship was established in December 2015 by the college’s chapter of the Omega Delta Sigma National Veterans Fraternity with seed funding from the LeRoy O. Buck VFW Post 7863 in DuBoistown. Omega Delta Sigma works with nearly 400 veterans, active military and reserve students on the Penn College campus in helping them transition to college life.

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Silent Auction Gives SGA Something More to Shout About

Student Activities personnel register potential bidders as shoppers browse tables stacked with goodness.
Student Activities personnel register potential bidders as shoppers browse tables stacked with goodness.
Stuffed elephants from the generous and practiced hands of Information Technology Services' Christine E. Atkins elicit smiles – and donations.
Stuffed elephants from the generous and practiced hands of Information Technology Services’ Christine E. Atkins elicit smiles – and donations.
Money may not grow on trees, but gift cards can sprout from greenery!
Money may not grow on trees, but gift cards can sprout from greenery!
Getting their offers down in advance of the 5:20 p.m. cutoff, bargain-hunters work the sales floor.
Getting their offers down in advance of the 5:20 p.m. cutoff, bargain-hunters work the sales floor.
The School of Construction & Design Technologies is well-represented, with items including a doghouse built by Women in Construction and an Adirondack chair made by the Penn College Construction Association.
The School of Construction & Design Technologies is well-represented, with items including a doghouse built by Women in Construction and an Adirondack chair made by the Penn College Construction Association.

Final totals are still coming in, but preliminary results indicate that Friday’s Student Government Association Silent Auction drew donations of $5,155 – thought to be the highest amount ever raised in the event’s nine-year history. Bidders had their pick of a variety of items, ranging from artistic handiwork to themed baskets to gift cards, with proceeds adding to the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship Fund. “The Student Government Association is thrilled to have exceeded its $5,000 fundraising goal this year,” said Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities. “The success of this year’s auction brings SGA one step closer to being able to provide additional scholarship support.” He said this year’s auction was a true collaboration among SGA, the campus and local communities, showcasing local craftsmanship and talent. “SGA appreciates the support of the campus community and looks forward to continuing to raise funds to support exceptional student leaders here at Penn College,” Pace said.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

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Hospitality Students’ Passion Feeds ‘Visiting Chef’ Experience

Magdalen C. Bennett, of Erie, pipes a sea scallop-lobster mousse onto a salmon filet for the first course.

Leaders in their field, Chefs Robin Rosenberg and John G. Scourlas shared their time, talent and words of wisdom with Pennsylvania College of Technology hospitality students during the Spring 2018 edition of the college’s Visiting Chef Series. The chefs spent three days on campus visiting students in classrooms, working alongside them in the School of Business & Hospitality’s kitchens, and serving the elegant Visiting Chef Dinner. Proceeds from the dinner are used to fund scholarships for students in the college’s four culinary arts, baking and pastry arts and hospitality management majors. In comments to the dinner’s guests, Rosenberg, vice president and chef de cuisine of Levy Restaurants, said he was inspired by the passion he encountered in Penn College students. Rosenberg leads teams to create high-end dining experiences for thousands of guests at sports and entertainment venues and events across the nation, including the Super Bowl and the Grammy Awards. Scourlas, the award-winning senior pastry chef for Levy Restaurants, is part of that team, based at the Georgia World Congress Center, one of the five largest convention centers in the U.S.

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Annual Silent Auction to Benefit Student Leader Legacy Scholarship

The 2017 Student Government Association Silent Auction at Penn College raised more than $3,000 for scholarship assistance. This year’s auction is scheduled for Friday, April 27, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Madigan Library.

The Student Government Association at Pennsylvania College of Technology will host its annual Silent Auction on Friday, April 27, 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 awards multiple scholarships annually to students who play leadership roles at the college.

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