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Penn College Foundation Celebrates 30th Anniversary


Among those attending the 30th anniversary celebration at the Lumley Aviation Center for the Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation Inc. were the organization's past and present executive directors. From left are Lenore G. Penfield (1993-99), Frederick T. Gilmour (1983-86), Robert C. Dietrich (2008-present), Joann M. Kay (2004-07) and Dennis L. Correll (1999-2004).
Among those attending the 30th anniversary celebration at the Lumley Aviation Center for the Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation Inc. were the organization’s past and present executive directors. From left are Lenore G. Penfield (1993-99), Frederick T. Gilmour (1983-86), Robert C. Dietrich (2008-present), Joann M. Kay (2004-07) and Dennis L. Correll (1999-2004).

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation marked 30 years of supporting Penn College and its students with a recent celebration at the college’s Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville.

The Penn College Foundation was established in 1981 as the Williamsport Area Community College Foundation, with a mission of securing financial and other support for the college.

In remarks offered at the gathering, Penn College Board of Directors Chairman Robert E. Dunham noted that, in 1983, the first year in which the foundation awarded scholarships, the awards totaled $2,902. Dunham said the foundation now has more than $7.5 million under its management and will award more than $360,000 in scholarships to Penn College students in the upcoming academic year.

Founding foundation members include, from left, Peyton D. McDonald, George E. Logue Sr. and William D. Davis Sr.
Founding foundation members include, from left, Peyton D. McDonald, George E. Logue Sr. and William D. Davis Sr.

More than 75 people attended the 30th anniversary celebration, including current and former members of the Foundation Board of Directors, members of the Penn College Board of Directors and the college’s Corporate Advisory Board, as well as donors who are members of the college’s 1914 Society and Pillar Society.

The crowd included three members of the original foundation board, William D. Davis Sr., George E. Logue Sr. and Peyton D. McDonald; three honorary members of the foundation board, Thomas W. Dempsey, Charline M. Pulizzi and David L. Stroehmann; and four past executive directors of the foundation, Frederick T. Gilmour, Lenore G. Penfield, Dennis L. Correll and Joann M. Kay.

Honorary directors in attendance are, from left, David L. Stroehmann, Charline M. Pulizzi and Thomas W. Dempsey.
Honorary directors in attendance are, from left, David L. Stroehmann, Charline M. Pulizzi and Thomas W. Dempsey.

The current executive director of the Penn College Foundation, Robert C. Dietrich, said the June 3 event also raised money for the Foundation Board of Directors Endowed Scholarship Fund. Dietrich said the anniversary celebration raised more than $5,500 for the fund, increasing the balance of the endowment to more than $40,000.

Endowed scholarship funds generate awards from investment earnings on the endowment, and the Foundation Board of Directors Endowed Scholarship has generated nine awards to students since it was established to commemorate the foundation’s 20th anniversary in 2001.

Penn College is a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University, committed to applied technology education. Nearly 6,300 students are enrolled in bachelor-degree, associate-degree and certificate majors relating to more than 100 career areas. For more information, visit online , email or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

The Penn College Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that secures financial and other support for Penn College through activities that include providing student scholarships and other financial assistance, soliciting and acquiring both restricted and unrestricted funds, soliciting additional monies for the endowment fund, and assisting in the general promotion of the college. The executive director of the Penn College Foundation is a member of the college’s Institutional Advancement staff.

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 email .

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