Lycoming Engines Establishes Penn College Scholarship

Published 10.03.2006


From left%3A Colin W. Williamson, Pennsylvania College of Technology's dean of transportation technology%3B inaugural scholarship recipient Raymond I. Kanapesky, an aviation student from Beaver%3B and Ian K. Walsh, Lycoming Engines' vice president and general manager, gather in the company's engine museum at its Oliver Street manufacturing facility in Williamsport.Lycoming Engines is continuing its long relationship with Pennsylvania College of Technology through the recent establishment of a new scholarship fund at the college.

Lycoming Engines, a Textron company based in Williamsport, has established the Lycoming Engines Scholarship Fund to help students in Penn College's aviation technology majors.

Penn College will make two annual awards from the Lycoming Engines Scholarship Fund: one for $1,500 and one for $1,000.

Preference for awards from the Lycoming Engines Scholarship Fund will be given to applicants enrolled full time as second-year students in Penn College's aviation technology associate-degree major or aviation maintenance technology bachelor-degree major with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 and who, by the school's judgment, are of good ethical character and demonstrate leadership qualities through involvement with professional groups or campus community service.

"We are always looking for opportunities to grow general aviation, especially in our local community," said Ian K. Walsh, Lycoming Engines' vice president and general manager. "We are looking forward to forming a stronger relationship with the college."

"By supporting the aviation program at Penn College, we ensure that future pilots, mechanics and engineers are offered funding for their academic careers," Walsh added. "Penn College students can now leverage Lycoming Engines and our global Textron Corp. Additionally, Lycoming can attract and retain some of the best talent in the region."

Debra M. Miller, Penn College's director of corporate relations, said Lycoming Engines has employed hundreds of alumni of Penn College and its predecessor institutions Williamsport Area Community College and Williamsport Technical Institute.

"The company has made numerous donations of money and equipment to the college over the years and provided significant support for Penn College's Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center, which houses our welding and machining programs," Miller said. "This scholarship is another example of how our students benefit from our close ties with Lycoming Engines."

For more information about Penn College's aviation technology majors or any of the more than 100 fields of study at Penn College, contact the Admissions Office at (570) 327-4761, or toll-free (800) 367-9222; send e-mail or visit online .

For more information about establishing scholarships or making a gift to Penn College, contact the Institutional Advancement Office at (570) 320-8020, or toll-free (866) GIVE-2-PC; send e-mail or visit on the Web .