John W. Bean, Symmco Foundation Trustee
Symmco Foundation, a charitable organization and frequent supporter of the campus has established an Open Doors Scholarship. The foundation has roots in Symmco Inc., a powder metal manufacturer in Sykesville, PA. Symmco Trustee John Bean said, "The students of today are the foundation on which our society is built. Specifically the students served by the DuBois Campus of Penn State do, and will, provide the leadership in our community. Education provides a basis for understanding, and advancement of our society, by exposing students to new or expanded thoughts. Our Company is a citizen of the DuBois community and benefits directly from a better educated work force."
Bean continued, "Literature is filled with examples of individuals who have moved to be better able to serve their community by the ability and privilege of education. Their presence in the community and contribution to the community is payment enough. This does not minimize the contribution that the educational institution makes to the community in a social, educational and intellectual way. We are better off with Penn State here."
The Open Doors Scholarship Matching Program triples the impact of endowed scholarships benefitting students enrolled in one of the five programs designed to help students earn their degrees, reduce debt, and excel at Penn State by matching the donor’s gift with a 2:1 permanent match. Minimum gift: $30,000, which becomes an endowment of $90,000 with Penn State’s match.