Gene Haas Foundation provides grant to Penn College

Published 01.20.2022

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Students in manufacturing-related majors and those competing in Baja SAE racing competitions at Pennsylvania College of Technology will benefit from a $15,000 grant award from the Gene Haas Foundation.

The foundation, established in 1999 by the owner of Haas Automation Inc., offers scholarship grants to institutions that provide education and training in CNC (computer numerical control) machining.

Commemorating the Gene Haas Foundation’s $15,000 grant award to Penn College are, from left, Luke J. Davies, instructor, CNC machining/automation; John M. Good III, instructor, automation and computer integrated manufacturing; Bill Zimmerman, sales manager, Phillips Corp. (a Haas Factory Outlet); Kathy Looman, director of education, Gene Haas Foundation; Mark Schankweiler, vice president, inside service operations, Phillips Corp. (and a Penn College alumnus); Lindsay Cline, director of education and events, Phillips Commercial; Ken Wawrzyniak, sales engineer, Phillips Commercial; Richard K. Hendricks Jr., instructor, machine tool technology/automated manufacturing; Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations, Penn College; Howard W. Troup, instructor, automated manufacturing/machine tool technology; and Bradley M. Webb, dean of engineering technologies. (Photo provided)Of the award, $12,500 is reserved for scholarships. The remaining $2,500 will assist students competing in Baja competitions, which require students to design, manufacture and build a single-seat, all-terrain vehicle to survive various challenges and an off-road endurance race.

Students seeking a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering technology, an associate degree in automated manufacturing technology or machine tool technology, or a machinist general certificate are eligible for the scholarships. Recipients are selected by the college.

The Gene Haas Foundation is honored as a member of the Visionary Society on the college’s Donor Wall ($100,000 to $499,999) and has been a supporter of Penn College since 2003.

“We are grateful for this continued support of the Gene Haas Foundation,” said Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations. “The skills gap is a challenge that so many companies are facing, and Penn College graduates help fill this gap with qualified, skilled workers. The Gene Haas Foundation helps students pursue their passions while earning a degree in applied hands-on technology.”

“We are so pleased to present this well-deserved gift on behalf of the Gene Haas Foundation,” said Lindsay Cline, director of education and events for Phillips Commercial, a Haas Factory Outlet. “Penn College has an impressive legacy of producing some of the country’s best manufacturing professionals, and we are proud to support their efforts.”

For more about giving opportunities at Penn College, call 570-320-8020.

Penn College is a national leader in applied technology education. For more, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free at 800-367-9222.