Since 1995, the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation has worked to provide expanded resources for the growth and development of the College. Each year, the Foundation supports numerous areas including: scholarships, programs, facilities, and faculty development. Your donation will have an immediate impact and will directly benefit the students we serve. Your gift is an investment in the future of our College: in education, in opportunities and, most importantly, in our current and future students.
View our 2016-2017 Annual Giving Campaign Brochure for more information on our specific programs. Print this brochure and complete form to mail your donation, or use our "DONATE" button to make a donation online.
You can designate your donation to one of the following:
Foundation’s Unrestricted Endowment
In 2011, The U.S. Department of Education awarded the College a Title III grant. Because of generous unrestricted donations provided by employees, businesses, and community members, this five year grant provided $135,000 in matching funds for the further development of the Foundation.
The interest from this endowment along with unrestricted donations will be used for needs associated with the College’s mission including faculty and staff development, assistance with the development of innovative instructional approaches, purchasing of instructional tools and equipment, and improvement of facilities. A gift to the Foundation’s unrestricted endowment ensures that your donation has far-reaching impact for our students, faculty, staff, and regional workforce.
Donors can designate their contributions for use at our locations in Blair, Huntingdon, and Somerset Counties. The College has developed tremendous support in these areas as we continue to build student enrollment and positive relationships with businesses and community members.
Each year scholarships are awarded to deserving students who meet the guidelines of the endowed scholarships administered by the Foundation. Donors to the Foundation are free to make a pledge that adds to an already existing endowment fund or start one of their own. Pledges can be paid in quarterly or annual installments for up to five years. Endowments are a great way to provide a legacy of learning for the community or to honor a loved one. Only the interest earned from the original endowment is utilized to fund the scholarships, ensuring that your donation is a permanent gift. Visit the Financial Aid Scholarship page to learn more about scholarship details or contact the Foundation to start your own scholarship.
- The Johnstown Branch of the AAUW
- Dr. Walter & Kim Asonevich Scholarship
- Dr. Edward Haluska Scholarship
- Kathy Holtzman Memorial Scholarship (in development)
- Joseph and Joan Mangarella Scholarship
- Dale W. Miller Scholarship
- National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors
- Sam and Sara Valenty Endowment
- Anna D. Weitz Endowment
Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program
The Foundation acts as the administrator of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program operated by the College. The Foundation receives donations from local businesses that assist in supporting the Accelerated College Education program, which allows high school students to earn college credits in advance of their high school graduation. These donations allow the cost of the courses to be reduced, making this an affordable opportunity for students to experience college level classes while still in the high school classroom.
If your business would like to participate in the EITC program, please contact the Foundation at 814.262.6499 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
One Book Middle School Reading Program
Penn Highlands is proud to host the only One Book One Community program in the area. The Foundation works with coordinator, Dr. Barbara Zaborowski, to locate funding for this project. More than 1,200 students, teachers, and parents participate each year and learn history related to the chosen book through hands-on activities. A significant amount of the donations received are made by College employees and the College itself donates the use of its building and the volunteer time of over 40 College employees.