Foundation’s president recognized for giving

Jennifer Wilson received the annual Distinguished Citizen Award from the Susquehanna Council Boy Scouts of America on Thursday at the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Wilson, president and CEO of the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, was recognized for her commitment to the community.

During the ceremony, $16,000 was raised to provide 65 boys with the opportunity to participate in Scouting.

Wilson said her success has come from being a part of the foundation’s team since 2010 and serving as president since 2011.

Her sense of citizenship in the community was developed at a young age thanks to her parents, who continue to be involved in public service, she said.

Her biggest inspiration is her 10-year-old daughter, Ella, who encourages her to help others every day.

“Jennifer Wilson, you are a brilliant and shining star,” Frank Pellegrino, chairman of the foundation, said.

He said he has seen her efforts to make the community a better place through her work at the foundation. She hears the call of those who are in need and desires to answer it.

“Jennifer speaks with her heart and listens with her heart,” he said.

Through her example, youth can learn that character does count, Pellegrino said.

Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour, Penn College president, said Wilson is a friend of hers whom she was pleased to honor.

“She is a driven person, compassionate and giving in a class all her own,” she said.

She told a story about an evening when Wilson drove a mother and son home to Jersey Shore after they had missed the last bus.

Not many people would pull over, pile strangers into their car and drive them home, but that’s what Wilson is all about, she said.

“That is a sign of a good heart and a good person,” Gilmour said.

Susquehanna Council President Elliott Strickland said Wilson lives up to the Scout law on a daily basis.

Scout law encourages Scouts to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

State Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, said Wilson has touched a lot of lives and shows dedication to the wellbeing of the community.

Her recognition is richly deserved due to her community spirit, he said.

Since 2003 the foundation has given $270,000 of support to the Boy Scouts council.

The council serves 2,500 Scouts and 1,400 adult volunteers across five counties.