UGI En­ergy Ser­vices gives $400,000 in schol­ar­ships

Re­cip­i­ents in­clude Pen­ngift Foun­da­tion

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UGI En­ergy Ser­vices LLC, the mid­stream and en­ergy mar­ket­ing sub­sidiary of UGI Corp., and UGI Stor­age Com­pany to­day an­nounced their joint con­tri­bu­tion of $400,000 to in 2017 to sup­port over 60 stu­dent schol­ar­ships at schools and schol­ar­ship or­ga­ni­za­tions across Penn­syl­va­nia.

The con­tri­bu­tion was fa­cil­i­tated through Penn­syl­va­nia’s Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity and Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Op­por­tu­nity Schol­ar­ship Tax Credit (OSTC) pro­gram. UGI En­ergy Ser­vices has pro­vided $1.6 mil­lion in schol­ar­ships through this pro­gram over the last four years. Schol­ar­ships pro­vide tu­ition as­sis­tance for stu­dents liv­ing in low-achiev­ing school dis­tricts to at­tend lo­cal, pri­vate and parochial schools.

“At UGI En­ergy Ser­vices, we rec­og­nize the im­por­tance of a qual­ity education and know that not all fam­i­lies have the same op­por­tu­ni­ties to pro­vide the best learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for their chil­dren,” said Joe Hartz, pres­i­dent of UGI En­ergy Ser­vices. “We are proud to sup­port schools across the state and in­vest in our fu­ture work­force and com­mu­nity lead­ers.”

UGI En­ergy Ser­vices had the op­por­tu­nity to visit one of its OSTC awardees, Pen­ngift Foun­da­tion, at one of their part­ner schools, High Point Bap­tist Academy.

“We are so thank­ful for UGI En­ergy Ser­vices’ $8,000 schol­ar­ship do­na­tion,” said Man­ag­ing Direc­tor at Pen­ngift Foun­da­tion, Dr. John M. Cas­sidy. “This con­tri­bu­tion will as­sist in pro­vid­ing stu­dents greater ac­cess to ex­cep­tional learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences of­fered at pri­vate schools.”

UGI En­ergy Ser­vices com­mem­o­rated the do­na­tion with a pre­sen­ta­tion and wel­comed Rep. Mark Gillen (R-Berks, Lan­caster), Mem­ber of the Penn­syl­va­nia House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Education Com­mit­tee. “In­vest­ing in the Op­por­tu­nity Schol­ar­ship Tax Credit pro­gram is great for busi­nesses and for fam­i­lies in the re­gion,” said Rep. Gillen. “Schools and stu­dents through­out the state rely on these pro­grams to pro­vide qual­ity education in a safe teach­ing en­vi­ron­ment.”

From the Cradle of Lib­erty Penn­syl­va­nia Leads the Na­tion with Pri­vate School Tax Credit Pro­grams. Pen­ngift foun­da­tion is Penn­syl­va­nia’s lead­ing pol­icy schol­ar­ship or­ga­ni­za­tion hav­ing two board mem­bers in­tro­duc­ing the orig­i­nal Earned In­come Tax Credit leg­is­la­tion in 2001 signed by Gov. Ridge and cur­rently pro­vid­ing a pri­vate school lead­er­ship pres­ence on the House education com­mit­tee. Pen­ngift Foun­da­tion Inc.’s para­mount ob­jec­tive is de­vel­op­ing a strate­gic donor base with Com­pa­nies like UGI En­ergy Ser­vices for the fu­ture fi­nan­cial strength of pri­vate education from PA’s ex­cel­lent Tax Credit Pro­grams. Pen­ngift’s long-term strate­gic ini­tia­tives in­clude build­ing ex­pand­ing pro­pri­etary Tax Credit donor bases for pri­vate schools with fi­nan­cially needy fam­i­lies and se­cur­ing Pen­ngift’s rep­u­ta­tion of in­tegrity in set­ting stan­dards for new Tax Credit poli­cies and pro­grams.

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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.

UGI En­ergy Ser­vices pre­sented an $8,000 check to Pen­ngift Foun­da­tion to aug­ment the foun­da­tion’s stu­dent schol­ar­ship funds. Pic­tured are rep­re­sen­ta­tives from UGI En­ergy Ser­vices pre­sent­ing the check to rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Pen­ngift Foun­da­tion.

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