A scholarship to assist students in automotive and collision repair programs at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been established by William and Lorraine Manos.
The scholarship was established through the Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation, of which William Manos has been a longtime member. Manos has served on the Foundation Board since 1993 and was its chairman from 1997-2007.
William and Lorraine Manos are owners of the Fairfield Auto Group. Founded in 1986, the Fairfield Auto Group operates in six locations, offers 12 vehicle lines and employs more than 175 people, including many Penn College graduates.
Primary preference for scholarship awards will be given to full-time students who are Lycoming County residents and are enrolled in one of the following majors: automotive technology management (bachelor's degree); automotive service, sales and marketing (associate degree); automotive technology (associate degree); collision repair technology (associate degree); automotive service technician (certificate); and collision repair technician (certificate).
The first scholarship award from the fund will be for $1,000 and will be made in the fall for the 2012-13 academic year.
"I have been involved with Penn College and its Foundation for many years. I believe strongly in the education it provides and the way it prepares its students to enter the workforce," William Manos said. "I have spent my career in the automotive industry, and Lorraine and I are pleased to be able to provide scholarship support to students who will be entering that field."
"Bill and Lorraine have long been generous supporters of Penn College, from Bill's leadership on the Foundation Board and involvement in the annual Golf Classic to their participation in the Visiting Chef Series and the Foundation's biennial Dinner and Auction," said Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation. "We are grateful to the Manoses for establishing this scholarship and once again demonstrating their commitment to the college and our students."