First National Bank gives $10,000 to programs for high schoolers

PHOTO PROVIDED Representatives of First National Bank present a $10,000 gift that will support two innovative educational programs offered by Penn College for high school students. From left are FNB’s Don Breon, assistant vice president/treasury management; Dan Hooper, market manager/vice president; and Peter Bower, team leader/vice president, and Elizabeth A. Biddle, the college’s director of corporate relations.

WILLIAMSPORT — First National Bank representatives recently delivered a $10,000 gift to Pennsylvania College of Technology to help support its SMART Girls and Penn College NOW programs, innovative offerings that benefit hundreds of high schoolers.

SMART Girls is a summer camp on the Penn College campus for girls in grades nine to 11. “SMART” stands for Science and Math Applications in Real-World Technologies. At the camp, girls experience math and science as a foundation for careers in technology. During the 2016 event, the girls explored entrepreneurship, innovation and digital fabrication as they designed a business plan, a 3-D printed product and marketing materials.

Penn College NOW is the college’s nationally accredited dual-enrollment program. It enables academically qualified high school students to earn college credit through courses taught by Penn College-approved teachers at their high school or career and technology center. Forty-two such schools participate in Penn College NOW.

“This gift helps us to engage more high school students with opportunities to earn college credit or attend workshops that showcase our degrees that work,” said Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations. “We are sincerely grateful for First National Bank’s continued generosity.”

Penn College NOW and SMART Girls are recognized as “innovative educational programs” under the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Earned Income Tax Credit program, through which FNB made its gift.

First National Bank is the largest subsidiary of F.N.B. Corp., a diversified financial-services company with more than 300 offices throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia. For more information, visit

For information about making a gift or establishing a scholarship fund to support Penn College and its students, visit, email or call the Institutional Advancement Office toll-free at 866-GIVE-2-PC (866-448-3272).