Our Fundraising Priorities

Our Fundraising Priorities

We are committed to increasing scholarship resources for our students, more than half of whom are the first in their families to attend college.

Increasing Scholarship Resources for Students

We are committed to providing generous financial aid to our students, more than half of whom are the first in their families to attend college. More than 80 percent of PA College students rely on some sort of assistance to pay for their education, with large numbers taking on federal or private loans. Two-thirds of our students attend college part-time, working full-time to support themselves and their families while paying their way through school.

Historically we have had very limited resources with which to provide scholarships. In order to ensure that a professional career in health care remains accessible and affordable to students from all backgrounds, we must dramatically increase the amount of need-based scholarship aid we can commit to our incoming students.

You can also create a new scholarship fund.

  • Endowed scholarships: The fund principal of an endowed scholarship is invested and earnings provide support for students in perpetuity. Criteria: Gifts of $25,000 or more (payable over up to five years), with an option for early activation. Browse our Scholarship Endowment Giving FAQ.
  • Current use scholarships: Gifts designated for a current use fund will provide scholarship awards until the fund balance is exhausted.

Please contact Ellen Wylie, Vice President of Advancement, at (717) 947-6089 or ebwylie@pacollege.edu to learn more about creating a new scholarship fund.

Sustaining Supporters are ongoing, monthly contributors to Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences. Your gift can make it possible for PA College to commit the generous annual financial aid support so many of our students need to pursue their dream of a career in health care.

Abrielle Minnich

Abrielle Minnich, from Lititz, PA, is enrolled in our 3-year BSN program. Her father’s life-changing medical experiences motivated her to choose a career in healthcare. As he received a pancreas transplant, and struggled with respiratory issues and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, Abrielle was inspired by the nurses who cared for her father to devote herself to becoming a nurse.

She aspires to use what she’s learned at PA College to make a positive emotional, physical and spiritual impact on the patients in her care and to use her degree in a volunteer setting after gaining work experience in the healthcare field. Abrielle is deeply grateful for the financial aid she has received: “Receiving scholarship support has allowed me to truly focus more on what I am being taught rather than a daunting amount of student debt. I feel extremely thankful for this extraordinary blessing.”

Building Futures Campaign Success

Through the extraordinary generosity of more than 200 donors and the contributions of dedicated volunteers, the Building Futures Campaign (2015-2017) exceeded its goal and raised $8,188,725 million in support of Access, Innovation, Excellence and Sustainability at PA College. Through this campaign, 24 new endowed scholarships have been established and gifts have been allocated in support of existing funds, allowing us to support many more students through need-based scholarship awards. The success of this campaign will also make it possible for our students to experience first-hand the cutting-edge technologies revolutionizing the delivery of health care, today and for decades to come. We will launch innovative new academic programs in response to emerging community needs in health care and invest in the development of our faculty and academic resources. Overall, the significant growth of our endowment through this campaign will help PA College to innovate, grow and lead in a sustainable way.

Learn more about our generous donors and the impact of their gifts at PA College.