Downtown Altoona Business Community awards scholarship

Courtesy photo The Downtown Altoona Business Community board presented a scholarship to Penn State Altoona student Catherine Anderson. Shown are (from left): Gary Crozier (DABC treasurer), Judy Coutts (DABC president), Catherine Anderson (scholarship recipient), Suzanne Pelton (DABC vice president), LaVonne Falbo (DABC event coordinator) and Justin Merrell (DABC business adviser).

The Downtown Altoona Business Community (DABC) has awarded its first scholarship to Penn State Altoona student Catherine Anderson for her contribution to the success of the 2016 ZombieTown USA event.

Anderson joined the DABC as its summer intern, serving as its 2016 ZombieTown USA event coordinator. Although she earned college credit for her internship, the DABC’s executive board wanted to recognize her contribution to its organization by awarding her its first scholarship.

“Catherine’s Sheetz Fellows’ experience with the Walkney concert during her spring semester gave her the skill set we needed for the Zombie-Town event. When Catherine told me she was looking for a summer internship, our board jumped at the chance to enlist her help,” said DABC president, Judy Coutts. “Catherine coordinated thousands of details, while serving as an ambassador for our organization and for the event,” Coutts said.

Anderson is a recent graduate of Penn State Altoona, earning a bachelor of science degree in business with a minor in entrepreneurship. While at Penn State, she was a Sheetz Fellow and was involved in Enactus, a global organization committed to creating a better world through entrepreneurial action. She participated in a workshop on Ethics in the Workplace, presented by Steve Betza, Lockheed Martin’s corporate director of electronics engineering and packaging.

Anderson is looking for a position that will use her skills and training in marketing, sales, public relations, and/or management.

The Downtown Altoona Business Community was one of four organizations that developed Altoona’s first ZombieTown USA event, held in August. ZombieTown USA creators hope that the event becomes a signature event for Altoona, similar to Johnstown’s Thunder In the Valley.

The Downtown Altoona Business Community is committed to creating a renaissance in the heart of Altoona, with specific emphasis on small business development/attraction/ growth, retention of area graduates, preservation of Altoona’s architectural heritage and increasing cultural diversity.

The Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation administers the organization’s funds.

For more information about CPCF, visit or contact Jodi Cessna, executive director, at 944-6102 or