Couple establishes scholarship for veterans’ benefit

PHOTO PROVIDED Joann and R. David Kay have established a scholarship fund at Penn College to assist students serving in the reserves.

Two retirees’ advocacy for Pennsylvania College of Technology and the military is reflected in their establishment of a scholarship fund to assist veterans.

The R. David and Joann Kay Veterans Scholarship will give preference to full-time students serving in the reserves of any branch of the armed forces who have completed at least two semesters at Penn College with a minimum 2.5 GPA.

“As longtime supporters of the college, David and Joann have witnessed firsthand how scholarship support positively impacts the lives of our students,” said Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement. “We are most grateful for their continued support of Penn College through this scholarship to benefit our veteran students.”

A 30-year college employee, David most recently was vice president for college services; he is a special assistant to the president for human resources. Joann, a former executive director of the Penn College Foundation, also served as coordinator of veterans affairs in the Financial Aid Office.

“Penn College has provided our family with many opportunities, so we wanted to provide those who honorably served our country — and made sacrifices – with similar opportunities,” the Kays said. “We also wanted to honor those military heroes in our family by providing this scholarship to assist the modern-day heroes who are pursuing their education at Penn College.”

Students who wish to apply for the R. David and Joann Kay Veterans Scholarship (or any of the more than 200 scholarships administered by the foundation) should complete an application at