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Penn State Fayette student wins “Perseverance” award

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Penn State Fayette Student Randy Chambliss and Karen Keedy, EOC educational advisor at the Penn State Fayette office.
11/19/2010 —

Penn State Fayette student Randy Chambliss was recently honored by the Educational Opportunity Center of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Chambliss received the EOC Perseverance Award at the EOC’s annual open house in late September. The EOC of SWPA is one of eight TRIO programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education and sponsored by the Pennsylvania State University. EOC primarily assists low-income and adult college students—age 19 or older, whose parents did not graduate from college—begin or continue a program of postsecondary education.  EOC provides admissions assistance and financial aid assistance to participants interested in continuing their education. All services are free.

Chambliss is currently in his second semester at Penn State Fayette, majoring in organizational leadership. EOC also honored a community-based organization, the Private Industry Council, with the “Friend of EOC” award for PIC’s continued support of the Educational Opportunity Centers.

Karen Keedy, EOC educational advisor at the Penn State Fayette office, says, “The EOC Perseverance Award recognizes individuals who overcome significant obstacles in order to pursue post-secondary education. This year Randy Chambliss was selected and he demonstrates a dedication to higher education that serves as an example to be emulated by others.”

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