Bridge Educational Foundation announced $108,500 in tuition scholarships to local families through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program. Waste Management donated the scholarships through a public-private partnership the EITC creates for Pennsylvania businesses.
Sen. Tommy Tomlinson attended the event along with Reps. Wendi Thomas, John Galloway, Frank Farry, Gene DiGirolamo, Tina Davis and Todd Polinchock to show their support for Pennsylvania’s educational scholarship programs and the local schools. Rose Wuenchel, from the office Sen. Steve Santarsiero, attended the event on his behalf.
Scholarships will benefit children attending the host school, Holy Family Regional Catholic School, as well as Abington Friends School, Archbishop Wood School, Bryn Athyn Church School, Buckingham Friends School, Conwell-Egan Catholic High School, Newtown Friends School, Our Lady of Grace School, Our Lady of Mercy Regional School, The Pen Ryn School, Quaker School at Horsham, Queen of Angels Regional Academy, St. Basil Academy, St. Charles Borromeo, St. Ephrem School, St. Joseph/St. Robert School, St. Katharine Drexel Regional Catholic School, St. Mark School, St. Michael the Archangel School and Waldron Mercy.
Students, families and school officials attended the event to thank Waste Management for the scholarships. During the scholarship presentation, Holy Family students used the opportunity to ask visiting business executives and lawmakers questions about their careers and education.
During brief remarks and the student-led question-and-answer session, the business executives from Waste Management and state officials offered their applause for the local schools, students and the educational tax credit program.
“Our donors participate in the EITC Program because it allows their companies to give back to the communities where they work and live, and simultaneously help to provide educational opportunities to their future workforces,” said Natalie Nutt, executive director of the Bridge Educational Foundation.
“Waste Management has a long history of supporting education. This investment helps ensure the future of our communities by providing students with the opportunity to reach their full potential,” said Bob Jones, of Waste Management. “As members of the community, we believe it is our duty to set a high standard of corporate citizenship. The Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program in Pennsylvania helps us do this by supporting those who will become our future community leaders.”
“The EITC is providing families in Bucks and Eastern Montgomery Counties and throughout Pennsylvania with a choice. The program has paired community-minded businesses with families for almost two decades and we hope that with the continued support of the donors and the local lawmakers, the EITC will continue to help families choose their best educational options for many decades to come,” concluded Nutt.