Inaugural Scholarship Luncheon Celebrates Generosity

A celebration of generosity unfolded Sunday afternoon at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s inaugural Scholarship Luncheon. Held in the Field House, the event hosted scholarship donors, student recipients and their families.

Offering a welcome to the guests, Kyle A. Smith, executive director of the Penn College Foundation, thanked donors for their belief and commitment to Penn College’s mission of serving students. In her opening remarks, President Davie Jane Gilmour said, “Your philanthropic commitment provides motivation needed for students to remain focused on their coursework, complete their educational journey and begin a new journey as tomorrow makers in their communities and chosen fields.”

Penn College Foundation Board of Directors Chair Marshall D. Welch III noted that over $700,000 in scholarships was awarded for the 2017-18 academic year and introduced keynote speakers offering scholarship donor and recipient viewpoints.

Keith Kuzio, president and chief executive officer of Larson Design Group and a supporter of two scholarships, remarked on the shared visions and values of his company and the college. Noting the more than 150 Penn College graduates who’ve chosen to put their “degrees that work” to work at LDG, Kuzio added, “Larson Design Group finds great satisfaction in paying its success forward by supporting future generations of Penn College students, and we look forward to continued success that will come to the college, to LDG and, most importantly, to students that benefit from the scholarship programs at Penn College.”

Zachary J. Kravitz, a construction management student from Berwyn, the recipient of three scholarships, discussed his role as a student development assistant, calling on alumni and college friends for support. “The greatest privilege of the job is being able to speak with alumni and friends of the school and to hear their stories about how Penn College impacted them. Speaking with them helped me realize how much of a blessing we really have here,” he said, adding that he wanted to “communicate the immense gratitude and appreciation that this student body feels toward all of you who helped make our education possible.” Kravitz received the Dr. Kenneth E. and Mrs. Marion C. Carl Scholarship, the Penn College-College Store Scholarship, and the Penn College Foundation Scholarship.

Those interested in contributing to a scholarship fund – or establishing one – may visit or call the Institutional Advancement Office toll-free at 866-GIVE-2-PC (866-448-3272).

– Photos by Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor

 

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