GM's $130K gift supports programs for engineering, business students

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The General Motors Foundation presented a $130,000 check to Penn State to help support a number of student-centered efforts in the colleges of Engineering and Business.

Christopher Ham, GM's global press center chief and university relations team champion to Penn State, delivered the check on Dec. 12 during the College of Engineering's Project Design Showcase at the Bryce Jordan Center.

"General Motors has been a valued partner in supporting the education experiences of our students," said Renata Engel, associate dean for academic programs in the College of Engineering. "The financial support will enable us to continue programs and projects that prepare our students for the global workforce with the knowledge, background and skills that will put them in the position to make a difference."

Of the $130,000, the College of Engineering will receive $92,000 and the Smeal College of Business $38,000.

In Engineering, the GM gift will help to support engineering and science-focused interest house living options on campus, the Formula SAE automotive racing program, the Engineering Orientation Network, the GM Foundation Professional Student Activity Fund, the Graduate Automotive Technology Education program, the Learning Factory student design experience, the EcoCAR 2: Plugging Into the Future team, the Sustainability Institute and the Engineering Ambassadors.

Smeal's portion will be used to sponsor a number of activities, including the Women in Business student organization's Powerful Women Paving the Way Conference, the 15th annual Striving Toward Awareness and Respect for Tomorrow conference, the Business Opportunities Summer Session program, the Lunch and Learn student professional development sessions and the Student Leader's Awards Banquet.

Last Updated December 20, 2013