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Terry and Denise McMillen Trustee Scholarship to aid Fayette campus students

4/22/2010 —
The Terry and Denise McMillen Trustee Scholarship has been established at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students enrolled at the campus. Terry and Denise McMillen have made a $50,000 pledge in support of the scholarship that will give first preference to Penn State Fayette students who are majoring in engineering. The scholarship will be awarded annually beginning with the fall 2010 semester.
Speaking on behalf of himself and his wife, McMillen explains, “Education changes lives. It changed ours and we hope the scholarship will help change the lives of young people from our area.”
Penn State Fayette Interim Chancellor Dr. Francis Achampong says the new scholarship provides a valuable opportunity for students to attend the Fayette campus. “We are deeply indebted to Terry and Denise for their kind gesture of giving back to higher education, especially considering the fact that the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is one in which much progress still needs to be made both regionally and nationally.”

Terry McMillen founded McMillen Engineering in 1977, and currently serves as president and principal engineer. The privately-owned consulting firm specializes in land development, and provides civil engineering services for an extensive array of commercial, industrial, residential and municipal projects. McMillen attended Penn State Fayette for two years and completed his bachelor’s degree at West Virginia University. From 1981-2000, McMillen served as an engineering instructor at Penn State Fayette, and he continues to mentor students and offers internships at McMillen Engineering.

The Trustee Matching Scholarship Program is designed to keep a Penn State education accessible to all qualified students, regardless of their financial means. The program has a unique matching component—the University matches 5 percent of the principal of each gift annually and combines these funds with income from the endowment to effectively double the financial impact of the scholarship.

Dr Achampong and Terry McMillen

From left: Dr. Francis Achampong  and Terry McMillen.
(Photo by Susan Brimo-Cox.)
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