City colleges receive $500,000 grants from Stabler Foundation

The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation, of Harrisburg, has awarded a $500,000 grant to both Lycoming College and Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Established in 1966, the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation awards grants for charitable, religious, scientific, literary and educational purposes to private educational and other institutions located in central or eastern Pennsylvania.

The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Endowed Scholarship Fund was established to enable students the chance to earn an education in preparation for lives of meaning and careers of distinction, a news release said.

Scholarship recipients are asked to sign a debt of conscience, agreeing to pay forward the amounts they receive, when able, after graduation, said a news release from Penn College.

Lycoming College

The Foundation awarded a $500,000 grant to Lycoming College in recognition of its work to attract promising students and for its commitment to meet financial needs. Through a grant such as this, Lycoming is able to bolster its financial aid offerings and fine-tune admittance practices, more selectively choosing students who best fit with the mission of the College, regardless of their financial need, Lycoming’s news release said.

“Our ability to continue to offer these impactful Stabler scholarships at Lycoming College has helped us attract even more dynamic students to our campus,” said Chip Edmonds, executive vice president.

This is the Foundation’s eighth consecutive grant to Lycoming College, bringing its total giving to the College to $4.97 million since 2011.

Penn College

This year’s gift of $500,000 for Pennsylvania College of Technology brings the total of its scholarship support to students to $2.75 million.

This gift will help full-time students achieve their higher-education goals. The Stabler Scholarship Fund Endowment is the largest endowed fund at Penn College, a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University.

Beginning this fall, the college will offer renewable support from the Stabler Scholarship Fund: $5,000 per year for scholarship recipients for up to four years.

Penn College has established eligibility criteria requiring that students demonstrate financial need and either be enrolled in associate of applied science degree programs that are nontraditional for their gender, transferring to Penn College from other schools or matriculating to the college after participating in the nationally accredited Penn College NOW dual enrollment program in high school.

Penn College NOW delivers college courses that are taught by approved teachers at high schools and career and technology centers statewide. There is no tuition cost to participating students.

“The Foundation’s continuing generosity enables us to provide renewable scholarships to students who are in need, so that they may pursue their educational goals at Penn College. Scholarship support is crucial to the success of these students, who will become tomorrow-makers in the workforce and their respective communities following graduation,” said Davie Jane Gilmour, president of Penn College.