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Group’s scholarship award renewed for Penn College student

A physician assistant student at Pennsylvania College of Technology has received another $1,000 installment of her annually renewable scholarship from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.

Emily L. Stevens, of Dallas, was first awarded the scholarship – intended for a dependent of someone employed by an ISRI member company – during the 2020-21 academic year. The institute is closely associated with the Recycling Education and Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes public awareness, education, research and the advancement of recycling.

Emily L. StevensThe physician assistant studies major (and dean’s list student) was heartily endorsed by two members of the college’s science faculty: John F. Tamblin, assistant professor of chemistry, and Karen L. Avery, instructor of general biology and microbiology.

“Emily is an excellent student and incredibly focused on the task at hand, whether that be preparing for class or performing a complex lab skill. She works well in groups and always seems to be able to distill what the important next step is,” said Tamblin, who taught her in General Chemistry I and II lecture and lab. “I would be remiss if I did not mention she has been able to maintain high academic standards while also working for campus Dining Services, as well as being part of the Physician Assistant Club.”

Tamblin said Stevens is blessed with intellect, work ethic and integrity, and he recommended ISRI’s scholarship award as “an excellent investment in a very deserving young woman who most assuredly will accomplish much in her career.”

Stevens was Avery’s student for two semesters of Principles of Biology (Fall 2020 and Spring 2021), during which she “demonstrated several characteristics and skills that brought her success in a difficult year.

“Despite multiple quarantines and isolations, she was able to earn a 4.0 in the rigorous Pre-Physician Assistant curriculum. This shows characteristics such as grit, determination and time management skills that are unique in college freshmen,” Avery said of the now-sophomore. “While in class and lab, Emily exhibits the ability to collaborate and problem-solve. She is not afraid to ask questions and takes initiative in learning course material. The continued development of these skills will support her in a successful career as a physician assistant.”

Through donations from people within the industry, RERF has awarded more than $1.6 million in scholarships to 1,200 students across the country and has overseen much-needed research in science and technology involved with recycling.

For information on the college’s physician assistant studies program, call 570-327-4519.

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

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