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

Bill Byham (left, in a photo taken by Lycoming College for his 2013 enshrinement in the institution's Athletics Hall of Fame) and Tom Speicher

When local sports legend Bill Byham passed away in late May 2017, his unpublished novel – offering relevant life lessons through the prism of junior-high football – could easily have died with him.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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April 2, 2021
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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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February 18, 2021
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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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February 10, 2021
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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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January 20, 2021
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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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November 17, 2020
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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. Students from six school districts have earned the renewable scholarship award and are enrolled at Penn College for the 2020-21 academic year.

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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August 27, 2020
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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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August 13, 2020
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Administrators boost support for diversity, student leadership

At a Pennsylvania College of Technology commencement ceremony, Elliot Strickland (left) and Carolyn R. Strickland, flank student speaker Hashim Abbas Alfulful. The Stricklands are boosting support for their efforts to enhance diversity and further develop student leadership opportunities at the institution.

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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July 17, 2020
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Foundation’s Golf Classic adopts innovative format for 2020

A new format is in place for the 34th Annual Penn College Foundation Golf Classic – sponsored by Compass Group North America – a fundraising event that has generated more than 700 scholarship awards totaling nearly $900,000 in student support since its inception.

Adapting to ongoing pandemic restrictions, this year’s event enables foursomes to register and complete their rounds during the month of September at the Williamsport Country Club while enjoying a complimentary lunch on the course. Additionally, all teams will receive gift certificates for a “Let Le Jeune Chef Cater Your Friday Night” five-course, take-home dinner, along with a choice of individual player gifts. At the end of the tournament, there will be awards for the low individual and team scores on both a net and gross basis.

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July 14, 2020
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Student Leader Legacy Scholarship awardees announced

Two active Penn College students have each been selected to receive a $1,350 award from the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship, established by the Student Government Association in 2007 to encourage and reward student leaders by easing their tuition costs. The 2019-20 recipients, revealed in a YouTube video by outgoing SGA President Patrick C. Ferguson, are Sophia G. Wiest, an entrepreneurial innovation major from Butler, and Ethan M. McKenzie, of Muncy, enrolled in software development and information management. “The Student Government Association is very thankful that two Student Leader Legacy Scholarships were able to be awarded,” said Allison A. Grove, director of student engagement. “Looking to the future, SGA has plans to host an event in Fall 2020, in addition to the Silent Auction that will be held in Spring 2021.” The fund – from which a total of $21,950 has been distributed since its inception – is fully endowed; the silent auction and other dedicated fundraisers, however, have increased both the amount and the frequency of awards.

June 29, 2020
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Pathways Scholarship assists transition to degree programs

Pennsylvania College of Technology has established a new scholarship to support students completing Workforce Development programs in practical nursing and emergency medical technician who wish to further their education.

The scholarship provides assistance for practical nursing graduates interested in the Nursing, LPN to RN program at Penn College and graduates of the EMT course interested in pursuing one of the college’s paramedic majors.

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June 15, 2020
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Benefactors’ matured charitable trust supports strategic needs

Marshall D. Welch III reminisces during the August 2017 dedication of the makerspace that bears his family's name.

A trust established two decades ago by the late Dr. Marshall D. Welch Jr. and his wife, Mary L. Welch, has matured, and its remaining proceeds are being designated for a variety of efforts campuswide to assist students and bolster instruction.

Twenty years ago, the couple established a charitable remainder unitrust with Pennsylvania College of Technology with the intent of enhancing their endowment and supporting academic programs and students.

The Welch family has always believed in providing long-term support through endowments, but they have also recognized the immediate and critical needs of Penn College. Now, the college is partnering with Marshall D. Welch III, past board chair and current Executive Committee member of the Penn College Foundation, and Mary Welch to designate funds from the trust to meet those strategic needs.

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June 8, 2020
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Scholarship created for career, technical education graduates

A new scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology provides financial assistance to students who complete career and technical education programs statewide.

A new scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology offers support to completers of career and technical education programs statewide for their higher-education expenses.

To be eligible for the Career & Technical Education Student Scholarship, a 2020 applicant must be a Pennsylvania resident, enrolled full time, have completed a minimum of one year (or 360 hours) in a Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved career and technical education program, earn a 2.0 cumulative GPA for all CTE-completed coursework, submit a final official CTC/CTE transcript, and submit the Penn College Scholarship Application.

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May 27, 2020