Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office event raises support for Abington scholarship

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Adam Berry, county Commissioner Jamila Winder, student Hannah Howshall, and Sheriff Sean Kilkenny with Hannah's scholarship check

From left to right: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) Chief Deputy Adam Berry, County Commissioner Jamila Winder, student Hannah Howshall, and Sheriff Sean Kilkenny at Howshall's scholarship presentation at the annual MCSO scholarship golf outing.

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ABINGTON, Pa. — The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) hosted a golf outing on Sept. 26 that raised more than $60,000 to endow a new scholarship at Penn State Abington. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Scholarship at Penn State Abington continues Sheriff Sean Kilkenny’s efforts to secure support to help MCSO employees and their families reach their educational goals.

Margo DelliCarpini, Penn State Abington's former chancellor, who transitioned to vice president for Commonwealth Campuses and executive chancellor on Oct. 1, hailed Kilkenny and the attendees for putting the power of partnership and education to work to make a difference in people’s lives.

“Almost 80% of Abington students receive some form of financial aid, and through your good will, we are chipping away at the financial roadblock that most of our students encounter. You have joined the ranks of the many alumni and friends who support scholarships that make earning a college degree a reality for our accomplished and ambitious students,” she said.

Kilkenny thanked donors for their generosity and enthusiasm.

“Your contributions have made the sixth annual Sheriff’s Scholarship Golf Outing an outstanding success, and we are eager to return next year to continue our mission of empowering local students through education,” he said.

Since 2017, proceeds from the golf tournament have benefited a scholarship at Montgomery County Community College, but it transitioned to Penn State Abington this year. This new endowed scholarship at Abington will direct support first to MCSO employees and their families and then, if funds are available, to employees of Montgomery County who are enrolled at the campus.

Montgomery County Commissioner Jamila Winder, a Penn State alumna and the keynote speaker at the post-outing dinner, highlighted the importance of education through the generations of her family and how it inspired her to prioritize helping younger people navigate their educational journeys.

About Penn State Abington

Penn State Abington provides an affordable, accessible and high-impact education to its diverse student body. It is committed to student success through innovative approaches to 21st-century public higher education within a world-class research university. With more than 3,100 students, Penn State Abington is a residential campus that offers bachelor’s degrees in 25 majors, undergraduate research, the Schreyer Honors College, NCAA Division III athletics and more.

About Philanthropy at Penn State

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