Event honors students

Penn State Wilkes-Barre recently held its annual scholarship dinner to pay special tribute to donors for their generous support and to recognize scholarship recipients for their accomplishments. On Thursday, Oct. 16, the development office played host to over 100 students and donors at the yearly event held at The Appletree Terrace in Dallas. The program honors undergraduates for their extraordinary academic achievement and community service.

In 2008, the Wilkes-Barre campus awarded over $220,000 in scholarship funds to students. The event gives students the opportunity to meet and thank the individuals responsible for contributing to the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence. Special recognition was given to John C. Sobek of First General Services and his wife Barbara, for creating a $50,000 endowed scholarship, which will be pledged over a five-year period to Penn State Wilkes-Barre. First General Services of northeastern Pennsylvania is known globally as one of the largest group of fire and water damage specialists.

Last year, students received awards and scholarships totaling more than $200,000 from Penn State Wilkes-Barre. The scholarship dinner continues to recognize students from the Wilkes-Barre campus, who have demonstrated academic excellence and service to their community.

For information on how to make your pledge to the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence, contact the Office of Development at 675-9228 or e-mail Karen Brace-Hodle at [email protected].