Third class of Sheetz Fellows inducted at Penn State Altoona

ALTOONA, Pa. -- Encouraged by Sheetz Fellows program founder Stephen G. Sheetz to seek a professional pathway in business with “a higher purpose," 12 Penn State Altoona students recently celebrated their formal induction into the program of advanced instruction and activities that promote an enhanced awareness and understanding of business theory and practice.

The third class of Sheetz Fellows was inducted during a special ceremony in the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence on Feb. 22. All twelve inductees share an academic focus on a business major and are also pursuing a course of study in entrepreneurship.

“It is my belief — and a Sheetz practice — that business should represent more than a money-making enterprise. There should be a higher purpose,” said Steve Sheetz, a 1969 Penn State graduate, former Penn State Altoona student, and Sheetz Family Council Chairman. “Our company’s long history of charitable endeavors is not only beneficial for those we support, it is personally rewarding for our employees.

“This practice of giving back is incorporated into the requirements of the Sheetz Fellows Program," he added. "Sheetz Fellows are expected to complete a one-year community service commitment. My wife Nan and I are especially proud of that. Our own lives have been enriched in countless ways through service, and we anticipate that this service commitment will rank among the most valuable experiences of your undergraduate career.”

The Sheetz Fellows program was established as part of an historic gift presented to Penn State Altoona by Steve and Nancy Sheetz in 2009. Sheetz Fellows aspire to levels of achievement, values, and integrity associated with the Sheetz name and Penn State’s reputation.

Established academic standards must be met to maintain status within the program. Other requirements include completion of a study abroad experience, credit-bearing internship, ethics course, one-year community service commitment, and self-sponsored research or creative project. The mentoring component of the Sheetz Fellows program pairs seniors with selected professionals who will offer guidance and insights divined throughout their careers as successful business executives and entrepreneurs.

The rigorous and stimulating experiences of the program are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skill sets necessary to achieve their academic goals and professional aspirations. All students graduating with the status as a Sheetz Fellow receive special recognition at commencement.

“The academic culture at Penn State Altoona has been enriched, and the prospects of our region enhanced, because Steve and Nancy Sheetz care deeply about students and the community in which they were raised,” said Chancellor and Dean Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry. “They embrace the promise that higher education offers for not only individual growth and discovery but societal enrichment and progress. I congratulate each of our Sheetz Fellows for pursuing this extraordinary opportunity and express best wishes for continued academic success.”

Last Updated February 28, 2014