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Peggy Madigan Memorial Scholarship Recipient Announced

From left, Athens Area High School student Matthew J. Delp, of RR2 Ulster, receives congratulations from state Sen. Gene Yaw and former state Sen. Roger A. Madigan for his selection as the 2009 Peggy Madigan Memorial Leadership Scholarship recipient at Penn College. Delp will enroll at the college for the Fall 2009 semester.For the second year in a row, a student in the Athens Area School District who will attend Pennsylvania College of Technology after graduation has been selected as the recipient of the Peggy Madigan Memorial Leadership Scholarship.

A selection committee has chosen Matthew J. Delp, RR2 Ulster, as the 2009 recipient of the scholarship award, named in honor of the late wife of former state Sen. Roger A. Madigan. Delp is a senior at Athens Area High School. He will enter Penn College this fall, majoring in civil engineering technology.

The scholarship is open to high school students who attend the 23rd Senatorial District’s annual Student Government Seminar at Penn College and subsequently enroll as full-time students at the college. Roger Madigan represented the district from 1985 until his retirement in January.

The Peggy Madigan Memorial Leadership Scholarship may be used to help defray the costs of tuition, fees, books, tools and other required supplies. Applicants are required to write an essay describing the community service they have performed and the value that service has added to the community.

Delp is an active volunteer in his school and community. He is a volunteer with Fun Night and History Day activities for elementary school students in the Athens Area School District. He volunteers at Spruce Lake Wilderness Camp during the summer to help with maintenance and assist campers. He also helped to build three Adirondack chairs for the Athens High School Library.

Delp is a member of the track-and-field team and the junior varsity baseball team at Athens Area High School, and he is a member of the Bradford County FIRST Robotics team.

The scholarship award was announced May 21 at the 23rd Senatorial District’s annual Student Government Seminar, now hosted by Madigan’s successor, Sen. Gene Yaw.

The seminar enables students from high schools throughout the 23rd District to meet with elected officials, members of the state’s executive branch, representatives of special-interest groups and members of the news media for a day of panel discussions providing insights into the workings of state government.

Pennsylvania College of Technology is a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University, committed to applied technology education. With more than 6,500 students enrolled in bachelor-degree, associate-degree and certificate majors, Penn College has the second largest enrollment in the Penn State system.

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For more information about making a donation or establishing a scholarship fund to support Penn College and its students, visit on the Web, call the Institutional Advancement Office toll-free at 866-GIVE-2-PC, or e-mail.