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President’s Legacy Campaign gift benefits student scholarships

Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour has

made a substantial commitment to the college’s Legacy Campaign for Penn College fundraising

effort. The donation will benefit several key scholarship initiatives for students.

Gilmour, who recently announced plans to retire as president on June 30, 2022, is making a six figure gift that will support the existing Tomorrow Makers Scholarship, as well as two new

endowed funds she is creating: the Gilmour Global Experiences Endowment and the Gilmour

Student Competition Endowment.

The president’s renewed support of the Tomorrow Makers Scholarship will add funds allowing

the college to provide 10 additional awards to prospective students over the next five years. The

funds will be promoted by the college’s alumni tomorrow makers, helping them recruit the next

generation of Penn College students.

The Gilmour Global Experiences Endowment will support students who are exploring their

passions through Global Experiences at Penn College. Funds will be managed through the

Financial Aid Office in partnership with Academic Affairs.

The Gilmour Student Competition Endowment is the first-ever endowed fund to support

students who are testing their mettle in hands-on skills competitions. This fund will offset travel

expenses for students to participate in prestigious events such as Baja SAE, the National

Association of Homebuilders Student Competition and the Associated Schools of Construction

Student Competition, among others.

When announcing her retirement on May 13, Gilmour revealed the launch of the Legacy

Campaign, which provides financial support for three distinct areas of the institution:

scholarships, equipment and facilities, and academics and affinity.

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“As our steadfast leader, it’s no surprise that President Gilmour would be one of the first to

make a commitment after the public launch of our Legacy Campaign,” said Loni N. Kline, vice

president for college relations. “Her support is a testament to her desire to provide firsts of all

kinds to our students, setting the stage for future generations.”

“Providing students with opportunities to succeed has always been a primary focus for me as

president of this institution,” Gilmour said. “My hope is that these funds will be life-changing for

the students who receive them. The Tomorrow Makers Scholarship already supports

opportunities for more students to enroll at Penn College, and the endowed funds enable

students to explore new cultures and perspectives and to showcase the skills and problemsolving abilities they have developed here by competing with their peers.”

Gilmour has served Penn College for 44 years, the past 23 as its president. She has guided the

institution, a special mission affiliate of Penn State, through a period of robust growth and

dynamic innovation while overseeing its development into a national leader in applied

technology education.

She joined the college in 1977 as an instructor and curriculum developer in the dental hygiene

program, subsequently serving in a variety of administrative roles with increasing responsibility

– including vice president for academic affairs/provost, the highest-ranking academic officer –

before being appointed president on May 4, 1998.

For more about student scholarships at Penn College, visit www.pct.edu/scholarships.

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