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Ten first-year students chosen as ‘BE Scholars’ at Penn College

Ten students embarking on their first semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology have been chosen as Built Environment Scholars in a program that rewards academic talent in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related career fields.

Each was awarded a scholarship ranging from $4,250 to $7,000, funded through a $1 million National Science Foundation grant to increase retention, graduation and workforce preparedness for students in many of Penn College’s STEM-focused construction and engineering majors.

“This year’s cohort is the most diverse and inclusive group we’ve had the privilege of accepting into the BE Scholars program,” said Naim N. Jabbour, assistant professor of architectural technology and principal investigator for the NSF grant. “The selection committee was extremely impressed with the candidates and the 10 elected scholars.”

The 2020-21 BE Scholars are:

Architecture and sustainable design – Hunter W. Faulkner, of Smethport; Elaina M. Lawson, of Girard; and Aidan J. Weissenberger, of Hightstown, New Jersey

Building construction technology – Adam Perez Jr., of Harrisburg, and Lizeth V. Reyes-Becerra, of Erie

Civil engineering technology – Wyatt E. Bartley, of Williamsport

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology – Jonah M. Hartman, of Jersey Shore, and Lance R. Lines, of Towanda

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology – Maggie J. Mangene, of Boalsburg

Surveying technology – Autumn N. Ankiewicz, of Tamaqua

“The selected scholars exemplify the essence and spirit of academic scholarship and excellence. The opportunity to engage students early on in career-oriented activities is paramount to their long-term success and development as productive professionals,” Jabbour added. “We look forward to welcoming these students to the BE Scholars program.”

For more about majors in Penn College’s School of Engineering Technologies, call 570-327-4520.

For more about the college, a national leader in applied technology education, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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