First Trustee Scholarship endowed
As the result of a recent gift made by Robert and Shirley Fortinsky, Penn State Wilkes-Barre has received the first Trustee Scholarship to be benefit students attending the local campus. According to Dr. Mary E. Hines, campus executive officer, “Based on the criteria of the Trustee Scholarship which provides aid to students with the greatest financial need, Bob and Shirley have stepped forward to assist deserving students realize the benefits of a Penn State education.”
The University’s Board of Trustees created The Trustee Scholarship Program in July 2002 as a five-year, $100 million scholarship initiative, which matches Penn State supporters with general University funds to assist financially needy students. Penn State University is committed to insuring that a Penn State education remains affordable for all qualified students and the Trustee Scholarship Program is one way of making this possible. The Office of Student Aid determines who qualifies for scholarship consideration by an analysis of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). After eligible students have been selected, the College in which the scholarship was designated will choose the recipient within their college based on their own criteria.
The incentive behind The Trustee Scholarship Program is that the donor is able to “double the impact” of a gift because the University provides a match until this program concludes on June 30, 2007. This unique criteria doubles the annual amount awarded to students. Trustee Scholarships reach more students and gives them more money—this is vitally important at a time when college costs are rising. And these scholarships go to students in need. More and more students meet admission standards to the University but need help to pay for college. Trustee Scholarships reach the very heart of Penn State's land-grant tradition of access to a college education.
Mr. Fortinsky is a member of Penn State Wilkes-Barre's Advisory Board as well as the University’s Board of Trustees. A graduate of Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, he received the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1999. Mrs. Fortinsky received the University’s Honorary Alumni Award in 2001. In previous years, the Fortinskys have endowed three additional scholarships at Penn State Wilkes-Barre including the Harold P. Fortinsky Endowed Scholarship, Jacob & Dora P. Fortinsky Endowed Scholarship, and the Shirley & Robert Fortinsky Endowed Scholarship. For information regarding a Trustee Scholarship, please contact the office of institutional advancement at 570-675-9228.