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Penn College Students Meet One Fundraising Challenge, Trigger Another

Student organizations at Pennsylvania College of Technology have met a fundraising challenge from the college president, spurring a new challenge to help endow a memorial scholarship fund.

Penn College’s Student Government Association and several other organizations rose to the challenge from Davie Jane Gilmour to raise $2,000 for the Tracy A. Garis Memorial Scholarship. That goal was met last week, and Gilmour will match that total with a personal donation of $2,000 to the fund.

Now, five members of the Penn College Foundation board of directors are stepping forward with a newproposition for students.

Board members Daniel A. Klingerman, George E. “Herman” Logue, Jr., Patrick Marty, Ann S. Pepperman and James T. Wolyniec, Jr. each will donate $500 to the Tracy A. Garis Memorial Scholarship fund if student organizations raise another $2,500 by the end of the academic year.

The foundation board members said they’re offering the fundraising challenge to help meet the goal of a total of $25,000 in donations to the fund before commencement ceremonies on May 13-14. That total will allow the fund to be an endowed, or permanent, source of scholarships, with awards coming from income earned on the fund.

The Penn College Foundation is a nonprofit organization that operates for the purpose of securing financial and other support for the college. The foundation’s activities include providing student scholarships and other financial assistance, soliciting donations for scholarships and other purposes, and assisting in the general promotion of Penn College.

Garis, a dental hygiene major, Resident Assistant and Student Ambassador from Hellertown, was killed in a crash on Interstate 80 in Luzerne County on June 4, 2010.

Gregory J. Miller, vice president of internal relations for SGA, initiated the drive to start the memorial scholarship shortly after her death. Thefund will give first preference for awards to a full-time student in one of Penn College’s bachelor’s or associate degrees in dental hygiene who is an active student leader on campus.

Among some of the most recent student fundraising efforts have been a benefit concert sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ and a dress-down day for employees. A celebrity-waiter dinner at Le Jeune Chef restaurant is scheduled for April 12, and a game of Cow-Plop Bingo on April 27, also will support the Tracy A. Garis Memorial Scholarship.

For more information about making a donation to support Penn College students through the Tracy A. Garis Memorial Scholarship, contact the Institutional Advancement Office at (570-320-8000, or by email .

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