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August 20, 2013 Golf open raises nearly $35,000 for scholarships

The Central Penn College Education Foundation’s 42nd annual golf open, held on August 16 at Rich Valley Golf in Mechanicsburg, Pa., exceeded its fundraising goal of $30,000 to raise nearly $35,000 for need-based student scholarships—a $6,000 increase over last year’s event proceeds.

“This year’s open was the most successful yet—drawing more than 100 golfers, 35 sponsors and 32 raffle prize donors,” says Matt Lane, Central Penn College Education Foundation Director. “I’d like to express deep appreciation to all the golf open’s supporters; the generous donations received will assist deserving students in completing their career-focused education at Central Penn.”

Throughout the open, golfers and donors had the opportunity to interact with several student scholarship recipients and to meet Central Penn’s new president, Dr. Karen M. Scolforo. The golf open’s primary sponsor, the Bill Gladstone Group of NAI-CIR awarded two $1,000 scholarships during the lunch program to students Kendra Elliott and James Gill.

Elliott, from Lebanon, Pa., is enrolled as an entrepreneurship and small business major. She stated in her scholarship essay that she is “thankful to Central Penn and appreciates the academic standards the college upholds.” Gill, from Vineland, N.J., is a business administration (management) major. He stated in his essay that his preparation for the workforce “can be accredited to the hands-on learning techniques … exhibited in the multiple management courses [at Central Penn].”

Thirty-two additional local organizations, businesses and individuals showed a commitment to supporting higher education through sponsorship, including: M&T Bank; RBC Wealth Management; Harrisburg Hotel Corporation; JPL; Bailey Family Foundation; Eastern PCM; Members 1st Federal Credit Union; Nationwide Insurance; Shoemaker’s Custom Framing; Trout, Ebersole & Groff; Emu Country Farm Store; Follett Virtual Bookstore; AmeriChoice; Boles, Metzger, Brosious & Emrick; CORL Communications Inc.; Brewer Flooring; Buehler Wealth Management/Wells Fargo Advisors; Conrad Siegal Actuaries; Harmelin Media; Hersha Hospitality Trust; Hershey Entertainment & Resorts; Phillips Office Solutions; Quality Digital; Graphcom, Inc.; Stephen Franchak; Phyllis Hicks; Jan Peck; Kathy Shepard; Gragg Advertising; HealthAmerica; John E. Fullerton, Inc.; and Rozman Bros.

The foundation— a 501(c)(3) nonprofit—has awarded approximately 800 scholarships to Central Penn students since 2008. For more information about Central Penn's Education Foundation, visit www.centralpenn.edu/foundation or contact Foundation Director Matt Lane at 717-728-2263 or matthewlane@centralpenn.edu.

The Central Penn College Education Foundation exists to respond to the financial challenges of worthy students who wish to attend Central Penn College. The Education Foundation believes that investing in the lives of young people is an investment in life itself.

Central Penn College has been helping students turn potential into career success since 1881, now offering career-focused associate, bachelor's and master’s degrees in a variety of fields. Degree programs are available in: accounting, business administration, criminal justice, information technology, communications, healthcare, homeland security, legal studies and organizational leadership. The college, currently serving students at its Harrisburg, Lancaster and Lehigh Valley locations, attributes its high rate of student success to a caring faculty and its hands-on learning approach. Based on Central Penn’s most recent One-Year Graduate Survey, 87.8 percent of graduates were employed in their chosen field or continuing their education within one year of graduation. Central Penn College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. www.centralpenn.edu