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Ralph Ford, Rebecca Olanrewaju and Tim NeCastro pose at the announcement of the Excelerate program at Penn State Behrend.

Erie Insurance boosts student scholarship program

The Excelerate program will provide scholarships and research stipends for as many as 50 Penn State Behrend students every year.
Ralph Ford, Rebecca Olanrewaju and Tim NeCastro pose at the announcement of the Excelerate program at Penn State Behrend.

Excelerate announcement photo

A new partnership with Erie Insurance will provide scholarships and research funding for as many as 50 Penn State Behrend students beginning next year. Following the announcement, Chancellor Ralph Ford, at left, met with student Rebecca Olanrewaju and Erie Insurance President and CEO Tim NeCastro.

This past summer, Penn State Behrend senior Sean Wither interned with Delaware North, a global food service and hospitality company that supports several of the country’s professional sports teams.

Concessions work leads Behrend student to 'Big-League' opportunity

This past summer, Behrend student Sean Wither interned with Delaware North, a global food service and hospitality company that supports several of the country’s professional sports teams. Wither was stationed at Target Field in Minneapolis, home of Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins.
Erie Insurance CEO Tim NeCastro talks at a podium.

New Behrend partnership will provide scholarships and research stipends

Erie Insurance has partnered with Penn State Behrend to create scholarships for first-year students and funding for upper-level students to work with local businesses and nonprofits. In its first year, the $4 million program, called Excelerate, is expected to provide scholarships and stipends for as many as 50 students.
Penn State Behrend student Rebecca Olanrewaju speaks at the podium during a program announcing a $4 million partnership with Erie Insurance Group.

Rebecca Olanrewaju

Penn State Behrend student Rebecca Olanrewaju, a plastics engineering technology major, discusses her experience in the college's Pathways to Student Success: Summer Start program.

Erie Insurance Group President and CEO Tim NeCastro speaks at a podium during an announcement program for a new partnership with Penn State Behrend.

Tim NeCastro

Tim NeCastro, president and CEO of Erie Insurance Group, discusses the new Excelerate program, which will provide scholarships and research stipends for students at Penn State Behrend.

A student talks with a recruiter at the Penn State Berhend fall Career and Internship Fair.

Record attendance boosts Behrend career fair

More than 180 companies collected résumés at the college's fall career fair. Several returned to campus to interview candidates.
Taylor May, shown here with Gabrielle Dietrich, director of Choral Ensembles at Penn State Behrend and artistic director for YPC Erie, had never sung in a formal choir until he came to college.

Taylor May finds success through song

When Taylor May first arrived at Penn State Behrend, he had never sung in a formal choir. The senior digital media, arts, and technology major now says that joining the Behrend Concert Choir ended up being one of the best decisions he has ever made.
A professor works with a student in an engineering lab at Penn State Behrend.

Behrend engineering programs ranked by U.S. News & World Report

New rankings by U.S. News & World Report place the School of Engineering at Penn State Behrend among the top 40 undergraduate engineering programs in the nation.

Behrend students provide financial literacy training to local teachers

Twenty-six states, including Pennsylvania, have no curriculum requirement for basic K-12 financial education. Faculty members and students at Penn State Behrend's Black School of Business are closing that knowledge gap by providing lesson plans and financial literacy training to teachers at more than 40 schools.

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