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Scholarship Luncheon Brings Together Scholars, Donors

Recipients Mandy Marconi, Nicholas Lavella, Timothy Palikowski at lunch
Left to right: Scholarship recipients Mandy Marconi, Nicholas Lavella, and Timothy Palikowski, had the chance to meet scholarship donors over lunch.
4/21/2012 —

Penn State DuBois students who received scholarships during this academic year had the chance to meet some of the people who have helped to make their education possible at the annual Scholarship Luncheon held Friday at the DuBois Country Club.  All scholars and scholarship donors where invited to the luncheon. 

 

Speakers at the event included both scholarship recipients, and those who donated to, or established funds. Aside from hearing personal testimonies about why people give, or how the gifts are appreciated, those on both sides of giving had the chance to meet and interact with one another. 

 

"It shows that Penn State DuBois appreciates our hard work and is rewarding us," said student Nicholas Lavella, of Kersey, about receiving his scholarship.  "It gives you motivation to work harder." 

 

For many students, scholarships make education possible when it may otherwise be out of their reach, financially.

 

"Getting scholarship money means I don't have to work as many jobs, or as many hours at my jobs just to get money to pay for school," said Cameo Parana, of Wilcox. 

 

The opportunities that scholarship dollars open up for students like Lavella and Parana are the reasons people give to those funds; to help others grow, and make a difference for themselves and their communities. 

 

"We can't launch kids into the working world with tens of thousands of dollars in debt," said donor Bob Hallstrom, of Hallstrom Construction.  "So, we want to help.  And we give locally to Penn State DuBois, because the campus is an incredible asset to our community, and to our area students." 

 

As the students got to know the donors, Chancellor Anita McDonald reminded them, "This is the opportunity to put a face with the name or organization that has helped to fund your education.  You can see there are real people who are responsible for providing the funding you received, and that these scholarships have deep meaning for them." 

 

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