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.

Emma Ebersole

As a senior in high school, Emma Ebersole enrolled in PA College as a dual enrollment student and completed nearly 20 credits toward her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. She is drawn to the geriatric population and is considering working in long-term care or dementia care when she becomes a nurse. She will also be the first in her family to earn a college degree.

“It means a lot to be a first-generation college student. I feel like I am investing in my future by becoming a nurse and creating an opportunity for myself that will support me throughout my life. It makes me feel very accomplished that I am pursuing a degree in a very challenging field of study that will impact the lives of many people. And receiving scholarship support gave me boost I needed to keep pushing forward because I am so close to achieving my lifelong goal of being a registered nurse.”

~Emma Ebersole ’23, Three-Year BSN program