Bruce A. Emig, a Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member who died in May 2013 after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer, has been memorialized by a scholarship at the college.
Emig's wife, Cindy, endowed the scholarship in his memory.
Emig was an assistant professor of HVAC technology who had been employed at Penn College since 1989. He had a deep passion for the college and for providing a solid technical and professional foundation for his HVAC students who entered the workforce.
The late Bruce A. Emig works with a student in this 2010 photo.
Primary preference for the scholarship will be given to students who:
Are enrolled as nontraditional students (defined as entering Penn College four or more years after high school graduation).
Are enrolled in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (refrigeration systems and mechanical systems) majors.
Reside in Bradford, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Sullivan, Tioga or Union counties.
Have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours of classwork at Penn College.
Have demonstrated academic performance and financial need.
Secondary preference will be given to students who meet the award criteria above and are enrolled in one of the following majors: building automation technology or heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology.
Emig took time in each of his courses to teach the fundamentals of personal finance (budgeting, opening a checking account, establishing good credit, etc.). Each recipient of the scholarship will receive a book on these topics, as well.
"Bruce's life went beyond being passionate about the HVAC industry and Penn College," said Marc E. Bridgens, dean of the School of Construction and Design Technologies. "Bruce saw potential in each and every student. His caring nature and compassionate approach made Bruce a special individual. This scholarship is yet another way that Bruce will continue to touch the lives of students in preparations for a successful career. He will be missed, but never forgotten."
"Bruce was very proud to be a part of Penn College," Cindy Emig said. "This scholarship will honor his commitment to the school and the students."