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Minority student scholarship gets boost toward full endowment

Two senior administrators at Pennsylvania College of Technology have made a commitment to a scholarship that benefits minority students enrolled at the college and supports diversity initiatives within the institution’s strategic plan.

Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost, and Elliott Strickland Jr., vice president for student affairs, will match up to $5,000 in new contributions made to The Start to Finish Minority Student Scholarship at Penn College.

“We are proud to support the Start to Finish Scholarship because it represents the best of Penn College – a scholarship developed for students, by students,” the Stricklands said. “This scholarship will help students, many from marginalized backgrounds, by providing needed funding so they can complete their ‘degrees that work’ at Penn College. We would encourage all members of Penn College’s extended family to consider giving to this new scholarship. Your generosity can make a true impact on our future.”

“The Stricklands are strong advocates of diversity initiatives on our campus,” said Loni N. Kline, vice president for institutional advancement. “They have committed to this matching gift with the intent of inspiring others to effect positive change for students of diverse backgrounds.”

The Start to Finish Minority Student Scholarship was established in 2017 by students who were members of the student organization Minorities Lending Knowledge: Kacie L. Weaver, of Harrisburg, a 2016 alumna who earned a bachelor’s degree in applied human services; Kyani L. Lawrence, an applied human services student from 2013-16 who transferred to a college in her hometown of New Rochelle, New York; and Wilmer I. Clase, of Lancaster, a building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration alumnus.

A crowdfunding link has been created to enhance fundraising for the scholarship.

The Start to Finish Minority Student Scholarship gives preference to students who are enrolled full time; have completed a minimum of 24 credits, or one year, at Penn College; maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better; have at least one semester remaining before graduation; are members of a racial or ethnic minority (as defined by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission); and are citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Students interested in learning more about or joining Minorities Lending Knowledge at Penn College may email the student organization or call 570-329-4850. The organization embraces values and respects a variety of social and cultural characteristics including, but not limited to, race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and religion.

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

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

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