UGI Energy gives $200,000 in scholarships

Courtesy photo From left are State Rep. John McGinnis, UGI Energy Services’ Pam Witmer, Sister Donna Marie Leiden (director of education for the Holy Trinity Catholic School Board), UGI Energy Services’ Jackie Nawa, and Rhonda Seymour, vice principal of Holy Trinity Catholic Church’s Hollidaysburg campus.

Recipients include Second Century Scholarship Fund

HOLLIDAYSBURG — UGI Energy Services LLC, the midstream and energy marketing subsidiary of UGI Corp., announced its contribution of $200,000 in 2018 to support more than 60 schools and scholarship organizations in the commonwealth.

The contribution was facilitated through Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) program. UGI Energy Services has provided $1.8 million in scholarships through this program since 2014. Scholarships provide tuition assistance for students living in low-achieving school districts, the opportunity to attend local, private or parochial schools.

“At UGI Energy Services, we recognize that access to quality education is an essential building block to a strong, safe and successful community,” said Joe Hartz, president of UGI Energy Services.

“This is why we are proud to invest in the OSTC program and our community’s future workforce.”

UGI Energy Services had the opportunity to visit one of its OSTC recipients, Second Century Scholarship Fund, at one of their partner schools, Holy Trinity Catholic School.

“We are so thankful for UGI Energy Services’ $5,000 scholarship donation,” said Pam Seasoltz of the Second Century Scholarship Fund.

“With this support, students will have greater access to quality education, without putting an economic burden on our families in Blair County.”

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown’s Second Century Scholarship Fund is an approved Scholarship Organization, a Pre-K Scholarship Organization and an Opportunity Scholarship Organization of the PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC).

The fund accepts charitable contributions from individuals and businesses to assist students attending Catholic schools in Blair, Bedford, Cambria, Centre, Clinton and Somerset counties.

The Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit program is available to Pennsylvania businesses paying certain specific state taxes and deemed eligible for participation by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

This year was UGI Energy Service’s fourth year of participation in the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit program.