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The Howley Foundation establishes Penn College scholarship

Students from 11 schools in the Philadelphia region will benefit from a Pennsylvania College of Technology scholarship created by The Howley Foundation, which seeks to ensure that students, regardless of economic means, receive a high-quality education.  The scholarship is expected to provide more than $3 million in funding to qualified students over the first 10 years of the program.

The Howley Foundation Scholarship will support up to eight students annually per incoming class. Each student selected will receive $10,000 per year, a $1,000 Penn College Foundation scholarship and access to as much as $18,870 in additional need-based financial aid. Students may pursue associate or bachelor’s degrees and are eligible for four or eight semesters of guaranteed funding, respectively.

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Return trip to ‘PA live!’ affirms guinea pig’s enduring charm

Writer/video producer Tom Speicher, author of “A Week With Waffles,” traveled to Wilkes-Barre on Dec. 21 for another appearance on WBRE’s “PA live!” with co-host Rachel Malak. “This book … teaches kids the days of the week and, at the same time, each page encourages creative thought in kids. I’ve found a lot of positive feedback from educators and parents, saying about how much they enjoyed because it forces that interaction – it forces kids to think – in a fun way,” Speicher told Malak, whose mother winningly read it to her kindergarten class. While the four-minute segment was intended as a gift-giving nudge for last-minute holiday shoppers, the book is available year-round through Amazon and at The Otto Bookstore, 107 W. Fourth St., Williamsport. A portion of each purchase benefits the Penn College’s Emergency Scholarship Fund.

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Berks CTC team earns diesel title at Penn College competition

Twenty-six participants from 14 career and technical education centers took part in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s second annual diesel competition at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, which offered an impressive exhibition of student know-how and an impactful celebration of what it portends for the industry’s sustenance.

Aside from offering competitors a striking venue in which to display their proficiency, the Dec. 9-10 event highlighted the significant opportunities available through Penn College’s diesel program and its bighearted corporate partners.

Berks Career & Technology Center (diesel) won first place overall, and was presented with $5,000 in training funds courtesy of Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co. Inc.

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Company president/alumnus establishes student scholarships

The founder and president of a Troy manufacturing company, who is also an alumnus of Pennsylvania College of Technology predecessor institution Williamsport Area Community College, has established two scholarships to benefit students in engineering design and manufacturing majors.

John M. Estep, of E-Tech Industrial Corp., a global manufacturer of precision power-tool attachments for the aerospace and automotive industries, has developed the E-Tech Industrial Corporation Engineering Scholarship and the E-Tech Industrial Corporation Machining Scholarship. Each will award $1,000 annually.

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Lois family pledges $150,000 for Penn College scholarships

The foundational reach of a Pennsylvania College of Technology education has prompted a New York family to make a substantial investment in student scholarships at the institution.

The Glenn Lois family, of Fishkill, New York, made an initial $30,000 gift in March as part of The Legacy Campaign for Penn College, then committed to that amount for four additional years. The $150,000 total gift places the family on the college’s Donor Wall as members of the Visionary Society ($100,000 to $499,999).

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Construction Specialties’ generosity expands college partnership

Construction Specialties, a New Jersey-based building products manufacturer with four local operations in eastern Lycoming County, has appreciably broadened its collaboration with Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The company, a participant in Penn College’s Corporate Tomorrow Makers program, has established an endowed scholarship and sponsored three Pre-College Programs this past summer.

Preference for the Construction Specialties Building the Future Scholarship, which will be awarded annually starting with the Fall 2022 semester, will be given to full-time students from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia and Texas who are pursuing a variety of degrees in the college’s School of Engineering Technologies. Scholarship awards are renewable for up to four years.

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Chicago SPE Educational Foundation, Chicago Section of SPE endow Penn College plastics scholarship

A $25,000 donation from the Chicago SPE Educational Foundation and the Chicago Section of SPE will endow the Patsy and Glenn L. Beall Chicago SPE Scholarship for plastics students at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The Chicago SPE Educational Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to enhancing and improving the quality of plastics education in schools. It offers scholarships to deserving students studying in the field of plastics, as well as matching grants to educators at schools offering programs in plastics technology and associated fields.

The Chicago Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE-CS) is the Chicagoland community of plastics engineers and professionals from large and small companies, universities, government facilities, and technology providers, primarily in Northern Illinois. It is one of the most populous sections of the society.

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Alumna, family establish memorial scholarship

An alumna of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s welding program and her family have established a scholarship at the college honoring the memory of her father.

The Douglas M. Puckly Memorial Scholarship was created by Stephanie M. Puckly Biltz, a 2017 welding & fabrication engineering technology graduate, who is married to another 2017 Penn College welding & fabrication engineering technology alumnus, Cory W. Biltz.

The Puckly family said it decided to establish a scholarship in Doug’s name after his tragic death in 2019.

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Penn College concludes record-breaking fundraising campaign

The Legacy Campaign for Penn College – a collective commitment to the future from alumni, corporate partners, employees, parents and friends – generated a record-shattering $37.2 million between fiscal years 2018-22 to boost student success at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

For more than 100 years, Penn College has empowered students to earn an applied technology education – one that leads to success as essential employees in the global marketplace.

Thanks to the overwhelming response to the campaign’s call to action, a new generation of tomorrow makers with real-world experience will fill industry demand to grow a highly skilled workforce.

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Coventry Foundation provides financial aid, student projects

Described by its chairman as a “little fish in a big pond,” the Coventry Foundation nonetheless has provided vast opportunities for Pennsylvania College of Technology students through an endowed scholarship and provision of hands-on automotive work.

“We were small at the time, but we really wanted to support the next generation of car people, preferably in restoration,” said Gary Kincel, who heads the foundation board, recalling the genesis of its partnership with the college about five years ago. “Gary Hagopian, one of our board members, brought the school to our attention and led the effort to create a scholarship fund.”

That fund – which met its goal of full $25,000 endowment last year, ahead of schedule – provides annual awards to full-time students enrolled in the two-year collision repair major or the automotive restoration certificate program. Preference is given to students with an expressed interest in restoration, particularly related to British cars.

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‘Waffles’ merits mention in international publication

Guinea Pig Magazine“A Week With Waffles,” a day-by-day activity guide that reaches and teaches children through the eyes of an adorable guinea pig, is featured in the world’s only regularly published periodical dedicated to the popular pet. The latest issue of Guinea Pig Magazine, an award-winning bimonthly published in the U.K., includes a half-page Q&A with Tom Speicher, writer/video producer at Penn College and author of the book about his delightful friend. Sales of “A Week With Waffles,” which is playfully illustrated by Marina Saumell, benefit the college’s Emergency Scholarship Fund. The entire interview, along with reviews from readers and a link to Amazon’s listing, is available here: Guinea Pig Magazine

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Longtime partner continues scholarship, Baja SAE support

The Gene Haas Foundation is donating $30,000 to benefit automated manufacturing and machining students at Pennsylvania College of Technology in the 2022-23 academic year.

The donation reserves $27,500 in scholarship support for students in the automated manufacturing & machining cluster of academic majors and another $2,500 for the college’s Baja SAE team, which won consecutive endurance races in prestigious national competitions in May and June with its off-road vehicle.

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Golf Classic raises record $140,000-plus for scholarships

The 36th Annual Penn College Foundation Golf Classic, featuring six-time PGA Tour winner Rocco Mediate, recently raised a record-setting $140,360 for student scholarships at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

With this year’s support, the Penn College Foundation Golf Classic Scholarship Fund now totals nearly $2.1 million. Proceeds from the annual Golf Classic and accumulated investment income created the endowed scholarship fund, one of the foundation’s largest.

Mediate, a Greensburg native who has also won three times on the Champions Tour, including the 2016 Senior PGA Championship, hosted a driving-range exhibition and played three holes with seven foursomes during the event, held at the Williamsport Country Club.

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Couple establishes endowed scholarship at Penn College

Boalsburg residents Thomas C. and Rhonda R. Miller have created an endowed scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology to benefit students in the college’s automated manufacturing & machining and welding & metal fabrication programs.

Preference for the Thomas C. and Rhonda R. Miller Scholarship will be given to Penn College students who are enrolled full time; are Pennsylvania residents, with first preference to northcentral Pennsylvania; are enrolled in automated manufacturing & machining or welding & metal fabrication majors; and have successfully completed two semesters.

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‘Waffles’ book-signing set for Saturday at downtown bookstore

A muse for all seasons, in true creature comfort
A muse for all seasons, in true creature comfort

Author Tom Speicher will sign copies of “A Week with Waffles” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at The Otto Bookstore, 107 W. Fourth St., in downtown Williamsport. That coincides with the real Waffles’ naptime, unfortunately, so she will be unable to attend. However, PCToday has been assured, several copies of the book she inspired will be available. And as with “Bucky Deacon’s Dilemma” – the earlier book by Speicher, a writer/video producer at Penn College – a portion of sales will go toward the institution’s Emergency Scholarship Fund.

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