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Penn College Scholarship Memorializes Business Student


The family and friends of Jacob D. Parkes have established a scholarship to honor the Pennsylvania College of Technology student who died a year ago in an automobile accident.

At the time of his death, Parkes, 21, of Lewisburg, was a senior majoring in business at Penn College.

The scholarship established in his memory will benefit full-time, first-year students who are enrolled in accounting, business administration or business management and who reside in Pennsylvania.

“It is tragic when a promising young life is taken too soon,” said Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation. “By establishing this scholarship, Jacob’s family and friends have ensured that his memory will live on forever at Penn College and that future students will have an opportunity to fulfill his promise.”

“Jacob, during his three years at Penn College, was filled with a desire to learn through his classes, professors and fellow students,” said Melissa Parkes-Miller, Jacob’s mother. “He looked forward to every day and each new challenge. Our hope in establishing this scholarship is to follow in our son’s caring, giving way and help make it possible for others to enjoy an education at PCT.”

For more information about making a gift or establishing a scholarship fund to support Penn College and its students, email or call the Institutional Advancement Office toll-free at 866-GIVE-2-PC (866-448-3272).

For more about Penn College, email Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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