Pennsylvania Highlands Community College looks forward to interacting with our alumni and providing opportunities to reconnect with the College and former classmates. Sign up for our email newsletter and you’ll receive periodic updates on College, Foundation, and Alumni events. If you are interested in assisting with the development of our alumni association please contact us by phone at 814.262.6499 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 2020-2021 Annual Giving Campaign Brochure for more information on our specific programs. Print this brochure and complete the form to mail in your donation. To donate online, please complete our online form.
Designate Your Donation
Foundation’s Unrestricted Endowment
Unrestricted donations to Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation support a variety of initiatives including innovative instructional approaches and improvement of College facilities. More specifically, recent unrestricted donations supported Student Success Scholarships, the Student Emergency Fund, advanced equipment for our Medical Assisting Technology students, and the development of the Central Park Center in downtown Johnstown. These donations also allowed access to $130,000 through the U.S. Department of Education Title III grant between 2011 and 2016. This grant plus matching dollars have created an endowment that has grown to over $235,000 and will serve the College for more than 20 years. 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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Alumni Update Form
Penn Highlands is in the process of building an active alumni organization, including the creation and maintenance of an up-to-date record of alumni contact information. Please complete our Alumni Update Form below or call 814.262.6499 to provide your current information.
Richland Campus, President’s Office