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
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.