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Scholarship recipients, donors, sponsors recognized at special dinner

10/15/2009 —

Scholarship recipients, scholarship donors and sponsors, and family and friends gathered for a special recognition dinner at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus October 13. The event, now in its second year, provides an opportunity for scholarship recipients to get to know some of the individuals that make a Penn State education possible for hundreds of area students.

“Nearly 200 students received scholarships to attend Penn State Fayette this year and more than 90 percent of the scholarships are funded by private philanthropy,” reports Penn State Fayette Chancellor Emmanuel I. Osagie. “We feel it is important to bring these two groups together—the donors and the students—so they can make a personal connection”

Lori Omatick, director of Development at Penn State Fayette, observes, “We are truly fortunate to be part of such a generous community. A testament to this is demonstrated by the number of awards and scholarships that have been established through the years for our students. Without the sincere generosity of our award and scholarship sponsors, many of our students would not be at Penn State.”

A new category of scholarships were awarded and recognized at this year’s dinner—the Blues and White scholarship awards—nearly $34,000 in direct scholarships from individual contributions made in conjunction with the first annual Blues & White Gala held at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in the spring.

Elizabeth Wallace and Carolyn Blaney At the dinner, Eberly Family Scholarship Award recipient Elizabeth Wallace spoke on behalf of student scholarship recipients. Scholarship donors and sponsors who also spoke included Carolyn Eberly Blaney, Robert Eberly III, Sally Spegar, Rita Peters and Charles Curry.

Penn State Fayette student and Eberly Family Scholarship recipient Elizabeth Wallace (center) poses for photographer Bill Hager for a formal photo with Eberly Foundation President Carolyn Blaney at the Scholarship Donor Dinner Reception at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus.

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