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Endowed scholarship established for power generation students

The David and LuAnn Shifter Endowed Scholarship for Power Generation has been established at Pennsylvania College of Technology, increasing a scholarship commitment originally made in 2018.

To be eligible, a student must be enrolled in the electric power generation technology: diesel emphasis program at Penn College and be a new freshman student with demonstrated financial need. The scholarship may be renewable for students who achieve and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Students in the electrical power generation technology: diesel emphasis program at Penn College will benefit from the David and LuAnn Shifter Endowed Scholarship for Power Generation, which increases a scholarship commitment originally made in 2018. Here, a student wearing arc flash protection gear works in a lab at the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center.
Students in the electrical power generation technology: diesel emphasis program at Penn College will benefit from the David and LuAnn Shifter Endowed Scholarship for Power Generation, which increases a scholarship commitment originally made in 2018. Here, a student wearing arc flash protection gear works in a lab at the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center.

David Shifter’s training in the power generation field began in 1975 upon his high school graduation, when he entered the U.S. Air Force, working at one of the power plants that supported missile launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base (now known as Vandenberg Space Force Base) in California.

After his service, he worked for 20 years as a mechanic before joining Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co. in 1999 in the Electrical Power Generation Division. During his career with Cleveland Brothers, he held various positions, including the last 14 years as a technical communicator. He worked closely with many Penn College graduates of the power generation program and was extremely impressed with their knowledge of the field. He retired in 2019.

LuAnn Shifter entered the work force in 1977 as a secretary immediately upon graduation from high school. She retired after 18 years with Penn State.

“It is our pleasure to support the students and future graduates who choose the Penn College power generation program as their curriculum,” the Shifters said.

“Our electric power generation students are highly recruited to bridge the skills gap found throughout the industry,” said Kyle A. Smith, executive director of college relations and the Penn College Foundation. “We thank the Shifters for their increased commitment, thoughtfully aligning their professional experiences and philanthropic vision to help more students realize their educational and professional dreams.”

For more about giving opportunities at Penn College, call 570-320-8020.

Penn College is a national leader in applied technology education. For more, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free at 800-367-9222.

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