A lifelong automotive enthusiast whose children are alumni of Pennsylvania College of Technology has had a scholarship created in his memory at the college.
The Ralph E. "Sonny" Persun Memorial Scholarship was established by his wife, Louise, and children Steven R., Class of 1999, manufacturing engineering technology; Corey A., Class of 1998, HVAC technology; and Karen Mensinger, Class of 1993, accounting.
Preference for scholarship awards will be given to full-time students enrolled in the collision repair or automotive restoration majors who maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5, have successfully completed at least two semesters of study and are recipients of scholarships from the fund in prior years.
From left are Carl Schramm (Ralph E. Persun’s brother-in-law), Karen Mensinger, Corey A. Persun, Louise Persun, Steven R. Persun and Debra M. Miller, director of corporate relations at Penn College.
Ralph Persun began working on cars in his father's garage at the age of 13. He had a lifelong passion for current and classic cars and worked as an auto body repairman at Stroble's Garage in South Williamsport for many years.
"We wanted to honor our dad and thought establishing a scholarship for the restoration-collision repair field was the perfect way to do so," Mensinger said. "Having had three children go through college, and knowing the cost involved, I think our dad would be very happy we have done this in his memory to help others pursue the passion he had."
"This scholarship is a wonderful way to honor Mr. Persun's hard work by providing financial assistance to students interested in a course of study that was important to him throughout his life," said Debra M. Miller, director of corporate relations for Penn College. "It was a pleasure to meet his family and work with them to establish this scholarship. We are very proud that all three children have degrees from Penn College."
The Penn College Foundation, part of the college's Institutional Advancement Office, is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that operates for the purpose of securing financial and other support for Penn College.