NCC students to benefit from generous grant

Financial need shouldn't stop promising students from pursuing science, math, engineering or technology careers. A new scholarship at Northampton Community College, funded by the PPL Foundation, will help break down that barrier.

The college recently received a $25,000 grant from the foundation to create the PPL STEM Scholarship, which will support young people interested in these critical areas of study.

The scholarship will be given to an academically talented student with financial need from one of NCC's eight sponsoring school districts - Bangor Area, Bethlehem Area, Easton Area, Nazareth Area, Northampton Area, Pen Argyl Area, Saucon Valley, and Wilson Area.

"Northampton Community College is grateful to the PPL Foundation for its generous support in providing a scholarship opportunity to a deserving and talented NCC student. It is because of companies like PPL that our students are able to afford an education for a brighter future, creating an environment where they can increase their skills, explore new opportunities, and make progress toward their goals," said Elyse Hoban, director of scholarship programs at NCC. 

Hoban said students who plan to attend the college and have an interest in STEM can apply for this scholarship and others at:   http://northampton.edu/admissions/tuition--financial-aid-scholarships/scholarships.htm.  

The PPL Foundation awards grants through a competitive application and review process. Its focus areas are education, workforce development and community revitalization. The foundation's giving in 2016 totaled more than $2 million. 

"PPL understands that a good education, at all levels, is critical to success," said Carol Obando-Derstine, regional affairs director for PPL in the Lehigh Valley.  "We are committed to helping NCC students pursue their dreams of working in STEM-related careers because we know that a strong workforce in these areas is critical to our region's future success." 


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