Lindsey Bohra and Gianna Durso-Finley, staff leaders of the Charlotte Newcombe Foundation, flank Chancellor Damian Fernandez during their campus visit.
Independence Blue Cross Foundation
The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (IBC Foundation) has awarded $12,901 to the Penn State Abington RN to B.S.N. in nursing program to fund undergraduate nursing scholarships for underserved populations.
The Nurses for Tomorrow Scholarships from the IBC Foundation are available to nursing students who are graduates of community college nursing programs. Criteria for awards includes unmet financial need, full-time attendance in the Abington B.S.N. program, residency in the Philadelphia region, and a required GPA minimum. The scholarships will be valued at a minimum of $1,000 each.
Abington forged a partnership with Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) that allows MCCC students and county residents to earn a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the Penn State College of Nursing with the convenience of taking courses at MCCC. Abington faculty teach courses in the RN to B.S.N. program on MCCC’s Central Campus in Blue Bell, about 30 minutes from Abington.
W.W. Smith Charitable Trust
The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust awarded a combined grant of $103,000 for student scholarships to Penn State Abington and Penn State Brandywine.
Scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $7,000 each will be available to qualified full-time Abington and Brandywine students with unmet financial need who are residents of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery or Philadelphia counties or Camden, New Jersey. The $103,000 total will be split evenly between the two campuses.
“We are encouraged by Penn State's continued efforts to make quality undergraduate education both affordable and accessible. Both campuses have allocated funds for social support resources such as food cupboards and social work personnel to help students overcome economic barriers that may otherwise interrupt their educational pursuits,” said Brian Jones, grant administrator at the trust.
Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation
The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation awarded a grant of $25,000 to Penn State Abington as part of the Newcombe Scholarships for Mature Students program.
The award to Abington is for mature students who are pursuing their first bachelor’s degrees, have completed at least half the requirements toward their degrees, and have unmet financial need.
Abington will match the funds 1:1, for a total impact of $50,000 in scholarships.
“Scholarships from the Newcombe Foundation will advance our efforts to ensure that students receive the financial resources needed to pursue their studies full time, cross the finish line, and reap the benefits of a Penn State degree,” said Abington Chancellor Damian J. Fernandez.
The goal is to support some of Abington’s most vulnerable learners, adults, who comprise about 20 percent of the student population. Often without family members able to provide assistance, many Abington adult students work to support themselves and their children, commute from Philadelphia to Abington, and struggle to balance the demands of family, school and employment.
A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence
These gifts will advance "A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence," a focused campaign that seeks to elevate Penn State’s position as a leading public university in a world defined by rapid change and global connections. With the support of alumni and friends, “A Greater Penn State” seeks to fulfill the three key imperatives of a 21st-century public university: keeping the doors to higher education open to hardworking students regardless of financial well-being; creating transformative experiences that go beyond the classroom; and impacting the world by fueling discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship. To learn more about “A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence,” visit greaterpennstate.psu.edu.