Foundation Establishes Endowed Scholarship at Penn College

The foundation for a global manufacturer is recognizing Pennsylvania College of Technology’s commitment to the skilled workforce with an endowed scholarship at the school.

The Herman O. West Foundation awarded a $100,000 grant to Penn College to establish the scholarship. Named in honor of the founder of West Pharmaceuticals Services Inc., the foundation has supported employees through scholarships and matching gift programs since 1972.

West Pharmaceutical Services is a leading manufacturer of packaging components and delivery systems for injectable drugs and health care products. The company has manufacturing plants throughout the world, including Williamsport and Jersey Shore.

Debra M. Miller, college relations advisor at Penn College, accepts a Herman O. West Foundation grant from Dave Lanzer, director of operations at West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. The grant will be used to establish an endowed scholarship at the college.

“West Pharmaceuticals has been an active employer of Penn College graduates from a number of our majors and has played an integral role in the development and success of our plastics and polymer engineering technology major, as well as the college’s Plastics Innovation Resource Center,” said Debra M. Miller, college relations advisor. “We are grateful for their ongoing support of our students and programs.”

Preference for the Herman O. West Foundation Scholarship will be given to full- or part-time students who are employees or interns of the foundation or family members of a West Pharmaceutical Services employee, have successfully completed two semesters of study, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and are enrolled in the School of Business & Hospitality’s applied management major or one of several majors offered by the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies.

Those majors are: electronics and computer engineering technology, electronics and computer engineering emphasis, robotics and automation emphasis, electrical technology, electromechanical maintenance technology, manufacturing engineering technology, automated manufacturing technology, plastics and polymer technology, plastics and polymer engineering technology, and building automation technology.

Those interested in contributing to or establishing a scholarship can send a gift to the Penn College Foundation, One College Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701; visit the scholarship website; or call the Institutional Advancement Office toll-free at 866-GIVE-2-PC (866-448-3272).

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

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