Donors applauded for investing in 'tomorrow makers'

Published 04.30.2019

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Scholarship recipients Genevieve F. Guzman (left) and Olivia C. Ferki join the reception to converse with donors. Guzman is a nursing student from Pottsville, and Ferki is a plastics and polymer engineering technology major from Richboro.Under the warm glow of generosity, the president (right) welcomes donors to the reception in the SASC lobby. Annie Hackenberg, owner of Arrowhead Restaurant in Milton, is recognized for joining the Ambassador’s Society. Miller Electric, joining the Millionaire’s Society, is represented by (from left): Justin Heistand, Jim Wynegar and Rick Conrad. Conrad is a 2002 graduate of welding technology. Scholarship recipient Megan M. Mecouch, a dental hygiene student from Peach Bottom, chats with guests including Patricia Rambo (left), a retired faculty member and 1994 “Master Teacher” honoree. A video expression of gratitude highlighted Monday's 15th annual reception recognizing the alumni, corporate partners, friends, retirees and colleagues whose benevolence sparks the life-changing transformation of Penn College students into successful graduates.

“Thanks to you, our students experience cutting-edge equipment and technology in our classrooms and labs, such as The Dr. Welch Workshop – our makerspace on campus – and the Shell Polymers Rotational Molding Center of Excellence," President Davie Jane Gilmour said to those gathered around the Donor Wall in the Student & Administrative Services Center. "They embrace diversity and gain a global perspective while traveling abroad to places like Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Italy. Our student-athletes are scholars in the classrooms and strong competitors on their playing fields, such as the anticipated UPMC Field – the first synthetic-turf field on campus. Leadership opportunities foster personal and professional growth, preparing our students for employment at top-tier corporations, many of whom are in the room this evening."

The president noted that, during the coming academic year, the college will award more than $1.1 million in scholarships – the largest single-year total in college history.

The night’s honorees:

Millionaire’s Society ($1 million+)
American Honda Motor Co.*
Miller Electric*
John E. Morgan Foundation*
UPMC Susquehanna*

Visionary Society ($100,000+)
Pepsi Bottling Group Inc.*
Shell Polymers
RPM Foundation*
Irwin H. Siegel
Southwestern Industries*
Dwight E. Stoltzfus Memorial Trade Scholarship*
Albert and Judy Styrcula*

Heritage Society ($50,000+)
Ed and Linda Alberts*
Phoenix Contact USA, Inc.
Schneider Electric*
SEKISUI Polymer Innovations LLC.*
Toter LLC.*
Tom and June Zimmerman*

Ambassador’s Society ($25,000+)
Brent and Daria Fish - Fish Real Estate, Inc.
Annie Hackenberg
The High Companies
HRI Inc.
HVAC Concepts
Kenworth of Pennsylvania
Monster Tool Co.
The Williams Companies Inc.

* Denotes a new level of giving society

Siegel and the Styrculas were also welcomed into The Pillar Society, the members of which have established a planned gift to the college or The Penn College Foundation.