John Deere Foundation establishes scholarship for welding students

One of the world’s most recognizable names in agricultural and heavy construction equipment is providing scholarship opportunities for welding students at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Penn College’s Corporate Relations Office recently finalized an agreement with the John Deere Foundation that will result in four scholarship awards of $3,000 each for students in the college’s welding and fabrication engineering technology bachelor-degree major or the welding technology associate-degree major.

A successful applicant for the John Deere Foundation Scholarship must be accepted into one of the two welding majors as a full-time student with at least two remaining semesters of study –with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 – and must be eligible for permanent employment in the United States at the time of graduation.

Representatives of John Deere attended Penn College’s Career Fair for the first time in March to recruit new employees and interns for their manufacturing facilities.

“We are eager to develop this partnership with Penn College and look forward to recruiting weld engineering students for our intern and new college graduate opportunities,” said Lynn Toney, manager of college recruiting for John Deere.

“Penn College is extremely grateful for the support of our students through this new scholarship funding from the John Deere Foundation,” said Debra M. Miller, director of corporate relations at Penn College. “I look forward to continuing to build a strong partnership between John Deere and Penn College.”

Deere & Company, better known as John Deere, employs approximately 56,000 people and does business in more than 160 countries. It supplies equipment for the agricultural, commercial and consumer, and construction and forestry markets. John Deere is one of the oldest industrial companies in the United States, and had been included in Business Ethics magazine’s list of “100 Best Corporate Citizens” for each of the past five years.

Penn College is a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University, committed to applied technology education. With more than 6,500 students enrolled in bachelor-degree, associate-degree, and certificate majors, Penn College has the second-largest enrollment in the Penn State system.

For more information about the college’s welding majors or any of its more than 100 fields of study, visit www.pct.edu, e-mail admissions@pct.edu or call toll-free (800) 367-9222.

For more information about supporting Penn College and its students, visit www.pct.edu/ia, call the Institutional Advancement Office toll free at (866) GIVE-2-PC, or e-mail giving@pct.edu.

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Last Updated April 17, 2009