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Tree-Care Company Establishes Scholarship Fund


From left, Wayne R. Longbrake, dean of natural resources management%3B Michael Taylor, arborist representative and manager of the York office of Bartlett Tree Expert Co.%3B and Joann Kay, executive director of the Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation.An event to raise money for an endowed scholarship fund at Pennsylvania College of Technology this week also resulted in the kickoff of another scholarship fund.

Michael Taylor, arborist representative and manager of the York office of Bartlett Tree Expert Co., presented a check for $1,000 to the Penn College Foundation, to be used as the first award from the Bartlett Tree Foundation Inc. Grant-In-Aid Scholarship.

The check presentation took place during a luncheon following Wednesday’s fifth annual School of Natural Resources Management Golf Invitational at the White Deer Golf Course near Allenwood. The golf outing raises funds for the college’s School of Natural Resources Management Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Taylor said the goal of the scholarship is to aid promising students in Penn College’s landscaping/nursery technology or forest technology associate’s degrees who are interested in careers in urban forestry.

“We are very excited to be involved in the lives of the students and to help them further their careers in arboriculture,” he said.

Eligible students must be enrolled full time in one of those two majors, and must be in good academic standing. The fund will provide an award of $1,000 in the fall semester, with the same amount to be awarded to the recipient for the spring semester, provided the student maintains a satisfactory grade-point average and other eligibility conditions.

A recipient who continues to meet the conditions of eligibility will be given priority consideration in subsequent years. The first award will be made for a student in the Fall 2005 semester.

From left, Wayne R. Longbrake, dean of natural resources management%3B William F. Thomke%3B Charles G. Thomke%3B and Joann Kay, executive director of the Penn College Foundation.Along with the check from the Bartlett Tree Foundation, the Penn College Foundation was presented with a check for $500 from Charles G. Thomke of Raleigh, N.C., a 1995 graduate of Penn College’s building construction technology major, to be used for the first award from the Fredrick J. and William F. Thomke Diesel Mechanic Scholarship.

Wednesday’s golf classic raised approximately $6,000 for Penn College’s School of Natural Resources Management Endowed Scholarship Fund. The first award from that fund also will be made to a student in the Fall 2005 semester.

Twenty-one foursomes comprised the field for this year’s tournament, nearly double the 44 golfers who participated in the 2004 event, and 18 alumni of Penn College and its predecessor institutions were among the players.

According to Barry R. Stiger, vice president for institutional advancement, this year’s net proceeds bring to $21,000 the total amount raised during the tournament’s five-year history.

For information about establishing scholarships through the Penn College Foundation, call (570) 320-8020 or toll-free (866) GIVE-2-PC, send e-mail or visit online .

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