Penn State Lewistown Center adult student receives scholarship

A Penn State adult learner from Mount Union has been awarded an academic scholarship to continue her studies at the Penn State Lewistown Learning Center.

Tammy Snavely, a full-time student in the bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation and human services program, has been awarded a Renaissance Scholarship by Penn State.

Penn State’s Renaissance Fund was created in 1969 and provides scholarship support to academically talented students with the greatest financial need. Scholarship recipients receive an annual award of $1,500 for up to four years if they maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

“It was a nice surprise to get a letter telling me I was chosen to receive a Renaissance Scholarship,” said Snavely, the married mother of two children.

The scholarship will help Snavely complete her bachelor’s degree and begin a new career. She previously was employed in a nursing career for nearly six years and also worked for her husband Keith’s trucking company.

But a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis changed her career plans.

She realized she would need to consider other career options and began exploring educational programs close to home. She chose the Lewistown Center, enrolling in 2011, because it offered “small class sizes and personal attention,” she said. “The small classes with other adult students create a family-type atmosphere.” Snavely also is secretary of the Lewistown Center’s student organization Lion Konnections, which is involved in community fundraising activities.

Snavely expects to complete her bachelor’s degree in 2014. “My goal is to become a drug and alcohol counselor in the prison system or to do social work,” she said.

The Lewistown Center caters to adult students who like small class sizes, the convenience of classes close to home and the chance to bond with other adult learners in the community.

Residents interested in educational opportunities at the Lewistown Center can attend a free adult learner information session from 5 to 8 p.m. April 2, at 152 E. Market St., Suite 100. This event will include a financial aid presentation at 6 p.m., with time for questions afterward.

To learn more about the Penn State Learning Center in Lewistown’s education programs, visit http://ceup.psu.edu/lewistown or call 717-248-9618.

Penn State Continuing Education offers a venue for adults to return to the classroom on their own terms. Continuing Education is part of Penn State Outreach, which serves more than 5 million people each year, in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and more than 100 countries worldwide.

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Last Updated March 14, 2013