UGI Utilities Inc., a company serving more than 648,000 customers in northern, eastern and central Pennsylvania, has established a scholarship fund at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
The UGI Utilities Scholarship will provide annual awards of $1,000, beginning in the fall of 2013, to distinguished students while the fund is building to fully endowed status.
Once fully endowed, the fund will provide awards in perpetuity.
Debra M. Miller, director of corporate relations at Pennsylvania College of Technology, with Stephen P. Borza, manager of human resources development for UGI Utilities Inc.
Award preference will be given to students who are enrolled full time in one of the following bachelor-degree majors: heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology, technology management, and welding and fabrication engineering technology.
Preference will also be given to students enrolled in one of the following associate-degree majors: heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology: mechanical systems, heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis, heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis, and welding technology.
Applicants who have successfully completed two semesters of study, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and have received a scholarship award from the fund in prior years will also be given preference.
"UGI actively recruits from all of these majors for its various locations," said Debra M. Miller, director of corporate relations at Penn College. "The company provides full-time employment and internship opportunities for Penn College graduates and students, and it has donated pipe for use in the college's welding program.
"This scholarship is one more example of UGI benefiting Penn College and its students, and we are grateful for the interest and support."
"Penn College is an educational institution UGI has forged a strategic alliance with to help fill vacancies in the company's technically oriented positions," said UGI Vice President of Operations Robert P. Krieger.
"UGI is pleased to provide this scholarship at Penn College due to the institution's diverse, high-quality technical curriculum and its success in graduating students possessing critical skill sets necessary to fill UGI technical positions."