October 22, 2018
The John E. Morgan Foundation, Inc., has awarded a second grant to Lycoming College in the amount of $500,000, bringing the Foundation’s total support for Lycoming to $1 million. The grant will further enable the College to extend financial aid to high-performing students from Tamaqua and Schuylkill County.
The initial grant created The John E. Morgan Endowed Scholarship Fund to provide annually renewable scholarships for Lycoming College students. Preference is given to those who graduated from Tamaqua Area High School located in Tamaqua, Pa., or other high schools located in Schuylkill County, Pa., and who are pursuing studies in Lycoming’s interdisciplinary entrepreneurship program. The College’s entrepreneurship minor was designed to enhance any major course of study, helping students learn to be innovative and create value in whatever field they pursue.
“Higher education is the key to improving lives, and these grant dollars will provide generations of Schuylkill County students with access to a college education that they may not otherwise have an opportunity to pursue,” said Sen. David Argall ’80 (R-29). “My brother, Doug, and I both attended Lycoming College, and it was one of the smartest decisions we ever made. What meant the most to me was the personal attention from my professors, the advice, and the guidance that I received. College affordability is a key concern for many people in Schuylkill County and this scholarship can make an incredible difference for them.”
“I think the scholarships will be beneficial to our students as it will make it affordable for them to attend a prestigious four-year college immediately upon graduation,” said Frank Dickman, guidance counselor, Tamaqua Area High School. “This scholarship will provide an opportunity for those students to succeed at the post-secondary level.”
“We are honored once again by the John E. Morgan Foundation’s generosity to Lycoming College. We look forward to providing educational opportunities to high-performing students in Tamaqua and Schuylkill County, offering them a stellar 21st-century liberal arts and sciences education,” said Kent Trachte, Ph.D., president of Lycoming College.
The John E. Morgan Foundation, Inc., is a nonprofit corporation named in honor of textile industry entrepreneur and philanthropist John Morgan (1912-2001), who is known for having developed the waffle stitch most commonly used in thermal underwear. The Foundation’s principal office is located in Tamaqua, Pa.