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Penn State Mont Alto celebrates philanthropy

10/25/2010 —

Penn State Mont Alto had good reason to celebrate over the weekend at its 15th annual Scholarship Reception. This semester, 221 Mont Alto students are receiving scholarship support totaling $354,000. More than 460 donors and the students  who benefit from the scholarships they’ve established attended the reception, a celebration of philanthropy at the campus. The event was sponsored by Waste Management for the fifth year.

Four major gifts from Mont Alto alumni were announced at the reception as well. They are:

  • Robert Rumler ’36, gift of $28,000 creating a new student scholarship
  • Dr. John Pursley, ’41, gift of $30,000
  • John Richter, ’59 , gift of $50,000 to endow the Richter Oak Grove in the Mont Alto Arboretum
  • Richard Herstine, ’49, gift of $50,000 creating a new student scholarship

“Our scholarship reception always stirs emotion,” said Chancellor Dr. David Gnage. “It is a special time to unite deserving students with their donors, giving our students the opportunity to share their appreciation to their donors for the way they make a true difference in their lives.” Penn State Mont Alto’s For the Future Campaign is the driving force behind the campus’ scholarship program. It runs through 2014 and thus far, 52% of Mont Alto’s $5 Million goal has been raised.

“Despite a weak economy, philanthropic giving at Penn State is doing well,” according to Randall Ackerman, development director at Mont Alto. “We have a lot of work ahead to reach our goal, but the campus is generating support from all generations of givers.  The strong attendance at this scholarship event showed that a lot of generous people truly believe in our students and their quest to earn a Penn State degree.”

The 15th Annual Scholarship Reception at Penn State Mont Alto was held Friday, October 22nd.

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