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Scholarship recipients, donors, sponsors recognized at special dinner

Zak Risha
Penn State Fayette sophomore and Eberly Foundation scholarship recipient Zak Risha speaks about his college career, thanks to the generosity of scholarship donors.
10/26/2010 —

Scholarship recipients, scholarship donors, sponsors, and family and friends gathered recently for a special recognition dinner at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly. The event, now in its third year, provides an opportunity for scholarship recipients to get to know some of the individuals that make a Penn State education possible. This year, 230 Penn State Fayette students were awarded scholarships.

Lori Omatick, director of Development at Penn State Fayette, explains, “This event is an evening where students can observe firsthand the generosity within our community and meet some of the individuals that make scholarships a reality for students at our campus. Without the sincere spirit of giving from our award and scholarship sponsors, many of our students would not be reaching their college career dreams and goals at Penn State today.”

Penn State Fayette sophomore Zak Risha spoke at the event on behalf of student scholarship recipients about his story of receiving a scholarship from the Eberly Foundation and how it has helped him through his college journey. “College has meant so very much to me,” he said. “The scholarship donors are the ones making it possible for each and every one of us recipients.” Risha is currently studying secondary education to become an English teacher. He is the editor of “The Roaring Lion” student newspaper.

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