Lycoming College celebrates over $19 million in new gifts to endowed scholarships at luncheon

Lycoming College hosted its annual Scholarship Day Luncheon in Pennington Lounge with over 120 guests recently. Students and their families celebrated with scholarship donors and expressed appreciation for the opportunities their generosity provided, fueling a new generation of Warriors. Lycoming is grateful to its donors for supporting initiatives for an outstanding and affordable education for students.

During the 2017-18 academic year, Lycoming provided over $31 million in scholarships and financial aid to its student body. A portion of these awards are funded through endowed scholarships, established by alumni and friends. As a part of its campaign for a Greater Lycoming, $19.2 million has been committed to new or existing endowed scholarship funds, including over $4.5 million in gifts over the past year.

Guests were welcomed by Robb Dietrich, senior director of major and planned gifts. Followed by Lycoming College President Kent Trachte who reflected on the impact scholarships have on Lycoming students successes.

“Their generosity enables the College to create opportunity for all who are qualified for admission regardless of financial circumstances,” Trachte said.

Scholarship recipients Melissa Bilza ’19 and Benjamin Conrad ’19 shared their experiences at Lycoming and how scholarship assistance has benefited their educational journey. Bilza is a music and corporate communications double major with a minor in business administration. Conrad is a religion major with a biblical languages minor. Both are Lycoming Scholars.

Keynote speaker Frank Kindler ’77, president of Planet Fitness Central PA, spoke as a proud supporter of Lycoming and highlight two lessons that have made an impact in his life.

“When you take the time to get to know someone, you realize how much easier it is to relate to them and make a connection. I’ve also found that sometimes all a person needs is a few words of encouragement. If you focus on really getting to know people and encouraging others, you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish,” Kindler said.

Kindler studied business administration and economics, was a student-athlete and learned about leadership, hard work and dedication in the classroom and on the football field at Lycoming. During his career as a business owner and a high school head football coach, he used these skills from Lycoming to impact his community.

The event concluding with remarks by Chip Edmonds ’98, executive vice presidents.