By Matt Lane, Executive Director, Central Penn College Education Foundation
The education foundation is best identified for its efforts to help Central Penn College students with need-based scholarships. Because of remarkable donor support, the foundation feels that it’s on the right path by awarding more than 1,500 scholarships to date.
Lesser known is that the foundation bylaws allow for aid to full-time faculty. This clause has often been on my mind; however, it was the encouragement and financial support of a former member of the College’s board of directors to realize that now is the time to act. This generous individual, who wishes to remain anonymous, helped guide us through the process to create this new opportunity for faculty professional development.
In essence, the Faculty Achievement Fund rewards outstanding, full-time faculty with awards to pursue opportunities for professional growth, such as conference attendance and research support.
The annual award is presented to up to two faculty members, with a maximum value of $2,000 each. The education foundation’s goal is to increase the number of awards through additional donations.
Last, but not least, congratulations to Karen Hurst and Jack Babinchak for being chosen for the first Faculty Achievement Awards!
Karen Hurst, M.Ed., Program Chair in Math and Science, will travel to a central California church comprised of mostly Mexican immigrants. Karen will tutor parents on how to assist their children with their STEM classes using today’s basic educational technology.
Jack Babinchak, Ph.D., Dean, School of Business, plans to purchase a statistical software license to complete research on adaptive learning tools and present his research at a professional conference.
I am so grateful to our trustees and donors who push our team to make the foundation stronger and supportive of changing needs. The next round of applications for two Faculty Achievement Awards will be due in April of 2018. Look for information on how to apply early next year.