Giving Options

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 donation categories below, and click here to donate online now.

You can designate your donation to one of the following:

  • 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.

  • College Locations

    Donors can designate their contributions for use at our locations in Blair, Central Park in downtown Johnstown, Ebensburg, Huntingdon, and Somerset. The College has developed tremendous support in these areas as we continue to build student enrollment and positive relationships with businesses and community members.

  • Scholarship Endowments

    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 Scholarships page to learn more about scholarship details or contact the Foundation to start your own scholarship.

    • The Johnstown Branch of the AAUW Scholarship
    • Dr. Walter & Kim Asonevich Scholarship
    • Dr. Edward Haluska Scholarship
    • Kathy Holtzman Memorial Scholarship
    • Joseph and Joan Mangarella Scholarship
    • Dale W. Miller Scholarship
    • National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Scholarship
    • Sam and Sara Valenty Endowment Scholarship
    • Anna D. Weitz Endowment 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 click here to visit the PA EITC website.

  • 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.

  • Greenhouse Project

    This is a project aimed to build an outdoor greenhouse at the Richland Campus. The greenhouse will be used in the Sustainable Agriculture program, which is the only PA State Agriculture approved horticulture apprenticeship program in the Eastern part of PA. Future goals are to provide non-credit gardening classes as well as farm to table options for our Black Bear Café.

  • Student Emergency Fund

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation has established a special fund, called the “Student Emergency Fund”. Financial support for this fund has come from donations received via the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College employee “wear jeans to work” events, and is now an option in the Annual Giving Campaign. The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation made an initial one-time deposit to this account of $2,000. College clubs and organizations and individuals may also make directed donations to help support this fund. Funds are disbursed to students with emergencies that directly impact their ability to attend class or function as a student.