Penn State Behrend honors students at 15th annual Endowed Scholarship Luncheon

November 04, 2015

ERIE, Pa. — Students, parents, philanthropists and members of the Penn State Behrend community convened upon the campus' Junker Center Oct. 24 for a celebration of academic excellence and generosity.

Nearly 240 students were honored that day as part of Penn State Behrend's annual Endowed Scholarship Luncheon. That number of students represents nearly $925,000 in scholarship money awarded. In total, the campus will disburse more than $2.4 million in scholarship funds to more than 858 students this academic year.

“Financial reality limits the dreams of too many young people. We are grateful to the forward-thinking alumni, community partners and philanthropists who know that our students’ ambitions aren’t defined by their financial circumstances,” Ralph Ford, interim chancellor of Penn State Behrend, told the gathering prior to announcing the scholarship awards. “It’s exciting to think that we can fill this enormous room with scholarship recipients, because nothing else we do to build on the high quality of a Penn State Behrend education will matter if students and families can’t afford the opportunities we offer.”

The luncheon, part of Penn State Behrend’s annual Parents and Families Weekend celebration, allows students to meet and thank scholarship donors in person. Donors are seated with their scholars and are able to learn firsthand how their generosity has made a difference to these students and their families.

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Last Updated November 04, 2015