Williams Foundation Scholarship Established at Penn College

Published 09.23.2009

Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology
Diesel Truck, Heavy Equipment & Power Generation

From left, Jeffrey F. Lorson, industrial technology specialist with Workforce Development %26 Continuing Education at Penn College%3B Debra M. Miller, director of corporate relations for the college%3B Jack Bendick, district manager for Williams%3B John Roberto, assistant district manager%3B and Christine Harter, district administrative specialist.Williams, a natural-gas company based in Oklahoma, will support students at Pennsylvania College of Technology through a new scholarship fund at the college.

Through its foundation, Williams has established the Williams Foundation Scholarship Fund. The fund will offer an annual award of $2,000 to a full-time student in one of Penn College's associate-degree majors in diesel technology, electric power generation technology, electromechanical maintenance technology, electrical technology, or electronics and computer engineering technology.

Successful applicants must have a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher; preference will be given to students who have received the award in previous years.

"Penn College has done a great job of preparing students for work in the energy industry here in Pennsylvania," said Jack Bendick, district manager with Williams. "As we continue to grow our presence in the state, we're glad to have the opportunity to help educate and train the energy workers of the future."

"Penn College is extremely grateful for the support of our students through this new scholarship funding from the Williams Foundation," said Debra M. Miller, director of corporate relations at the college. "I look forward to continuing to build a strong partnership between Williams and Penn College."

Williams, through its subsidiaries, finds, produces, gathers, processes and transports natural gas. Its operations are concentrated in the Pacific Northwest, the Rocky Mountains, the Gulf Coast and the Eastern Seaboard, including a facility in Salladasburg, Lycoming County.

Penn College is home to the Marcellus Shale Education & Training Center , a collaborative effort between the college and Penn State Cooperative Extension. The center's primary goals are to provide concise and accurate information for the public, to offer workforce-development services to assist with the anticipated large increase in workforce needs of the industry, and to serve as a central access point for the natural-gas industry to the vast resources of Penn State and Penn College.

Penn College is a special mission affiliate of Penn State, committed to applied technology education. With more than 6,500 students enrolled in bachelor-degree, associate-degree and certificate majors, Penn College has the second-largest enrollment in the Penn State system.

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