Penn State Mont Alto celebrates philanthropy

Penn State Mont Alto had good reason to celebrate Oct. 19 at its 17th annual Scholarship Reception, a celebration of philanthropy that unites students with the donors who made their scholarship possible. This semester, 282 Mont Alto students are receiving scholarship support totaling $400,856. Additionally, Mont Alto’s director of development, Randall Ackerman, announced four new gifts to the campus totaling $827,000.

“Our scholarship reception is an emotionally charged one in the best of ways,” said Chancellor Dr. David Gnage. “It gives our students the opportunity to share their appreciation to the donors who make a true difference in their lives.”

Nearly 500 donors, students and their families gathered for the celebration. It included performances by the student jazz ensemble, cheerleading squad, remarks from donors and personal testimony by three student scholarship recipients. Penn State Mont Alto’s For the Future Campaign is the driving force behind the campus’ scholarship program. It runs through 2014 and so far $4,156,220, 85 percent of Mont Alto’s $5 Million goal, has been raised.

“Philanthropic giving at Penn State is doing well in spite of the economy,” according Ackerman. “We have a lot of work ahead to reach our goal, but the campus is generating support from all generations of givers.  Mont Alto is blessed by generous friends of the campus who truly believe in our students and their quest to earn a Penn State degree."

 

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Last Updated October 23, 2012