Education

Primary Health Network Donates $45K to Penn State Shenango

SHARON, Pa. – Primary Health Network has made two donations totaling $45,000 to support education and athletics at Penn State Shenango.

A $30,000 donation will establish an Open Doors Scholarship at the campus downtown. A 2:1 match by the university increases the donation to a $90,000 endowment for the campus.

The scholarship supports the Open Doors programs, which were launched to help students overcome obstacles in obtaining their degrees. Among the programs is Complete Penn State, which helps students through unexpected financial hardships, helping pay for bills that otherwise would have kept them from graduating.

“Since 2005, Primary Health Network Charitable Foundation has awarded over $230,000 to students pursuing a career in the health care industry, and we are pleased to be expanding our program to fit the needs of those students at Penn State Shenango,” said Cheryl Goldstone, Primary Health Network Charitable Foundation director of programs, in a release. “We hope this scholarship program will enhance the lives of many Penn State Shenango students for years to come.”

The health system, with headquarters in Sharon, will also donate $15,000 to support the campus’ athletics programs. The funds will be used to cover transportation costs for the men’s basketball team to road games and tournaments.

“Primary Health Network has a truly special connection to Penn State Shenango and the local community,” said campus director Jo Anne Carrick. “This Open Doors Scholarship from the Primary Health Network Charitable Foundation means a great deal to our entire campus community. It will provide opportunities for our students that will truly transform their lives, and we are very grateful for their generosity and commitment to our campus.”

According to the release, the gifts help advance the university-wide A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence campaign to address three key goals: keeping the doors to higher education open to hardworking students regardless of financial well-being, creating transformative experiences that go beyond the classroom, and impacting the world by fueling discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.