New Kensington scholarship reception recognizes current, incoming students

Penn State New Kensington's scholarship receptions are semiannual events that bring together scholarship recipients and donors. The socials give students who receive New Kensington campus scholarships a chance to meet their benefactors face to face.

The spring reception, held March 22, at Oakmont Country Club, recognized current students who earned scholarships for the second semester and incoming freshmen who were awarded scholarships for the 2013 fall semester. More than 60 students and donors attended the reception.

Students Mikaela Dunegan, a freshman in the health and human development program and Bill Staniszewski, a senior in the mechanical engineering technology program, were the special guest speakers. Dunegan is a recipient of the Shaffer Family Trustee Scholarship, and Staniszewski earned the William and Claudia Harbaugh Trustee Scholarship. Dunegan thanked her benefactor Suzette Schultz, a former campus student, for the scholarship support. Dunegan, a Plum Borough resident, noted that scholarships help students realize their dreams and achieve their goals without additional stress and anxiety. Staniszewski expressed appreciation for Bill and Claudia Harbaugh who established the trustee scholarship. He explained that their support will help him earn his associate degree without incurring debt.

Andrea Adolph, director of academic affairs, gave brief remarks on the quality of a Penn State education and John “Craig” Hammond, assistant professor of history, spoke about the importance of higher education. A question-and-answer session followed the speakers’ remarks.

Campus scholarships are awarded to eligible students on the basis of academic promise, leadership qualities, community service and financial need. This year, new and returning students at the New Kensington campus earned a total of $293,000 in scholarship money. The campus has 50 scholarship endowments, annual gifts and program awards that funded 183 students this year with an average award of $2,000 per student.

Penn State New Kensington is part of "For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students," a University-wide effort to raise private donations to strengthen support for students, faculty and programs. All gifts enhance Penn State's historic mission of teaching, research and service to society.

For more on giving to the campus, call Donna Speer, director of development, 724-334-6057 or visit

For a list of scholarship recipients, visit

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Last Updated April 03, 2013