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PFEW Participants Begin Weeklong Adventure at Penn College


Admissions representative Caleb J. Swartz leads a tour group (toting commemorative backpacks) during Sunday's opening of Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week.
Admissions representative Caleb J. Swartz leads a tour group (toting commemorative backpacks) during Sunday’s opening of Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week.
Predicting a "life-changing week" ahead, President Davie Jane Gilmour welcomes teenage entrepreneurs to Penn College.
Predicting a “life-changing week” ahead, President Davie Jane Gilmour welcomes teenage entrepreneurs to Penn College.
Balloons bob and bounce in the day's gentle breeze outside the ACC.
Balloons bob and bounce in the day’s gentle breeze outside the ACC.
John J. Trombetta Sr., president and chief executive officer of the Foundation for Free Enterprise Education, fires up his audience for the exciting opportunities in store.
John J. Trombetta Sr., president and chief executive officer of the Foundation for Free Enterprise Education, fires up his audience for the exciting opportunities in store.
Sarah R. Shott, an admissions representative and Penn College alumna, engages students and their parents as another tour forms outside the Hager Lifelong Education Center.
Sarah R. Shott, an admissions representative and Penn College alumna, engages students and their parents as another tour forms outside the Hager Lifelong Education Center.

Kicking off the 2013 edition of Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week on campus, the sixth consecutive year that Penn College has hosted the assembly of energetic high school juniors and seniors, roughly 460 students and their parents arrived Sunday morning. After check-in at residence halls and the Klump Academic Center, PFEW families enjoyed a School of Hospitality-catered lunch in the Keystone Dining Room and tours with admissions staff and student ambassadors. The teens then reconvened in the ACC Auditorium for an opening session, meeting their teammates and previewing the corporate insiders and motivational speakers who will pack their agenda through Saturday. PFEW, which this summer will graduate its 31,000th student over 34 years, relies largely on the businesses and individuals who pay $1,400 to sponsor each participant in the annual program. In welcoming remarks, President Davie Jane Gilmour urged her young-adult audience to “give as good as they get” this week, taking full advantage of the college facilities and the advice they will receive from the program’s experienced voices. She also noted that renewable $2,000 annual scholarships are awarded to PFEW participants who enroll at Penn College.

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