Scholarship Extends Faculty Member’s Impact

A portrait of Larry and Charlotte Neizmik, who have created a $250,000 endowment at Penn State Behrend.

A $250,000 endowment created by Larry and Charlotte Neizmik will provide scholarships for students in the economics program at Penn State Behrend.

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Larry Neizmik, a former banking executive and current lecturer in economics at Penn State Behrend, and his wife, Charlotte, recently committed $250,000 to endow the Larry D. Neizmik and Charlotte A. Neizmik Scholarship in Economics to benefit Behrend economics majors with financial need.

“Charlotte and I had the assets to form the scholarship, and giving back is such a great feeling,” he said. “I know from firsthand experience that the monies will help today’s youth. I very much enjoy teaching at Behrend and working with students, and the scholarship is a way for me to keep educating them long after I’m gone.”

Neizmik spent his first two years as a Penn State student at Behrend and earned his bachelor’s degree at University Park,m since Behrend didn’t offer the economics major at that time. He earned his MBA in 1994 with a 4.0 grade-point average, receiving the “Outstanding Graduate of the MBA Program” award.

“The Neizmiks are an excellent example of how the support of alumni and friends can contribute to the success of Behrend Scholarship Extends Faculty Member’s Impact students,” Chancellor Ralph Ford said. “Scholarships, especially, provide much needed financial support and also convey to our students that others believe in their potential to create bright futures for themselves.”

If you think you might like to make a gift to help future students, contact Penn State Behrend’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 814-898-6159 or [email protected].