Ivy Leaf - Spring 2004
Dominion Making Summer Fun for Kids
More kids will be smiling this summer, thanks to Dominion. Dominion, one of the nation's largest producers of energy, has presented Penn State Altoona with a $5,000 grant for the summer Kids' College. These funds will help fulfill the tuition assistance requests received from the parents of children who, otherwise, would not be able to attend Kids' College.
While a scholarship program exists, sufficient funding has not been available in the past to meet all requests for assistance. With Dominion as a benefactor, more children will benefit from the Kids' College experience in the future.
"Strengthening the educational climate of the communities we serve is a key part of Dominion's mission. The fine efforts of Penn State Altoona deserve broad community support and encouragement, and Dominion is delighted to be a part of this very worthwhile endeavor." — Jim Mesloh, exeutive director of Dominion Foundation
For more than 20 years, Penn State Altoona has offered programs for younger students through its Continuing Education and Training office. From rocketry, creative writing, and mathematics to art, music and sports, Kids' College provides over 75 programs in which children learn through hands-on activities taught by University-approved instructors and have a great time doing it. A love for learning can never begin too young, and Kids' College is doing its part to show children how learning can be fun.
Enrollment in Kids' College has increased each of the last three years, which in turn, has led to greater demand for tuition assistance from economically disadvantaged children. The 2003 Kids' College received more than 1,000 registrations from students in Bedford, Blair, Cambria and Huntingdon counties. Nearly 10 percent of these registrations were accompanied by a request for tuition assistance. While 80 requests were fulfilled, funding was not available for 22 children whose parents submitted applications for tuition assistance.
"Dominion's gift literally is the difference between a door opening and a door closing on a young child's opportunity for intellectual, social and physical development," states Penn State Altoona CEO and Dean Dr. William Cale.
Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers of energy with an energy portfolio of more than 24,000 megawatts of generation. Dominion also serves 5.3 million retail energy customers in nine states. Funding for awards comes from the Dominion Foundation, which is dedicated to the economic, physical and social health of the communities served by Dominion companies. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's website at www.dom.com.