Laid off after a decade as an architectural firm’s marketing coordinator, Megan Kenney welcomed the opportunity for a career change. Having long dreamt of the good she could do in the field of social work, Kenney recognized that her goals could only be achieved by returning to college.
The Philadelphia resident was awarded the Kathryn J. Engebretson Scholarship—an all-inclusive award that provides up to $10,000 in tuition, textbooks and fees over the course of two academic years. The scholarship, part of nearly $775,000 awarded to students at the College annually, is named for the late Kathryn J. Engebretson, who was president of the William Penn Foundation.
"Whether social work ultimately finds me employed in youth study centers, criminal justice facilities or community outreach programs, I now feel my dream has an opportunity to blossom into a reality," Kenney said.
The Wanamaker Institute Scholars program is a tuition-free training program open to unemployed and underemployed residents of Philadelphia. The partnership of the Wanamaker Institute and the College provides free education in high-demand job fields and has been focused on training students to be nurse aides or pharmacy technicians.Recently, a new program was added to train weatherization installers. The program is an introduction to weatherization and energy conservation and involves recognizing and fixing energy problems for residential buildings. Graduates will have cutting- edge skills in one of the fastest-growing industries today. For more information, contact Vida Wright, Wanamaker Scholars program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-751-8763.
The College Foundation recently announced the launch of the College Family Tree Campaign as part of its "Expanding Possibilities" campaign. Members of the College family, including faculty, staff, retirees and alumni, are being asked to support the largest fundraising effort in the College’s history. All gifts made to the campaign through June 30, 2011, will be essentially doubled, thanks to the Kresge Foundation challenge grant.
Expanding Possibilities, which has raised more than $6.7 toward its $10 million goal, will support new construction and renovations at the Main Campus and Northeast Regional Center and provide scholarships for students. All donations above $100 will be recognized as part of a permanent installation in the newly-renovated Bonnell Building. For more information about the campaign, visit the campaign website. or contact Suzanne Becker, executive director of the Capital Campaign, at email@example.com or 215-751-8369.