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Scholarship luncheon provides firsthand look at donors’ impact

The empowering combination of applied technology education and financial support was celebrated Sunday afternoon, as Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted its second annual Scholarship Luncheon in the campus Field House.

“I am overwhelmed by the collective energies in this room to transform tomorrow,” President Davie Jane Gilmour said, addressing students, families and donors alike. Announcing that the coming academic year will include the largest total amount of scholarships awarded in any one year during the college’s history, she thanked attendees for their significant role in helping students succeed.

Double scholarship honoree Olivia C. Ferki, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major from Richboro, retraced her path from high school to the college – a path she originally was reluctant to follow because her older brother was a student. (Raymond A. Ferki, who earned a bachelor’s degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology in May, is an engineer for Honda Motors of America.)

“When visiting Penn College, I shadowed an advanced-level lecture class and lab, and met with the program’s students, faculty members and department chair,” she said. “Both faculty and students were passionate about the industry and they all showed a genuine sense of pride about being a part of the (college) community. And suddenly, I realized why my parents had talked me into at least considering plastics at Penn College.”

The scholarship awards and the industry connection she enjoys through those donors has aided her growth and spurred her and her classmates to perform at their very best.

“By providing a scholarship to a student, you have built a support system for them to flourish in their studies,” she told donors. “You have believed in and inspired students to devote themselves to their education. And, you have provided a gift that I am still unable to truly thank you for through words alone.”

Also speaking was Kyle A. Smith, executive director of the Penn College Foundation, who thanked generous individuals and corporate partners for their impact on hundreds of deserving students.

Those interested in contributing to a scholarship fund (or establishing one) may visit or call the Institutional Advancement Office toll-free at 570-320-8020.

– Photos by Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor



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