New scholarship created to support Penn State Lehigh Valley students

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Katelyn Powers (left) and Shane McGee (right) enjoyed the artist reception celebrating the new "Hubert Davis: Scenes of Pennsylvania" exhibit on April 6 in the Ronald K. De Long Gallery at Penn State Lehigh Valley. The couple have provided the gift to create the Penn State Lehigh Valley McGee Scholarship, which will support students at the Lehigh Valley campus.

Credit: Dennille Schuler

A Penn State alumnus and his wife have established a newly endowed scholarship in support of Penn State Lehigh Valley students with demonstrated need.

Shane McGee and his wife, Katelyn Powers, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, have provided the gift to create the Penn State Lehigh Valley McGee Scholarship. Funds will be used to support students at the Lehigh Valley campus, with special preference going to students who stay and complete their baccalaureate degrees at Penn State Lehigh Valley. The scholarship has the ability to be renewed for each year the student attends Penn State Lehigh Valley.

“We wanted to create this in order to give local students who need some assistance the opportunity to come to Penn State”, said McGee, who attended Penn State Lehigh Valley for two years before finishing his education at University Park. “Students are exposed to so many new experiences, especially during their first two years of college. For example, I came into college as a math major, but once being exposed to other disciplines and having faculty interactions, I changed my major to business and it helped set me on a successful path forward.”

McGee graduated in 1997 from Smeal College of Business with a management science and information systems (MSIS) degree and then earned a master’s degree in business administration from Temple University. McGee serves on the Penn State Lehigh Valley Advisory Board and is co-chair of the current development campaign. 

Powers graduated in 2001 from Lehigh University with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and then earned a master’s degree in counseling and human services also from Lehigh.

“We are grateful to Shane and Katelyn for their very generous commitment to Penn State Lehigh Valley students,” said Tina Q. Richardson, chancellor of Penn State Lehigh Valley. “Their gift will provide our students vital support as they pursue higher education and will give them the benefits of the world-class opportunities that are offered at this campus.”

Originally from Bethlehem, McGee, a Liberty High School graduate, has worked at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. in Allentown, Pennsylvania, for the past 19 years. He currently is the IT business and program manager for Latin America Gases at Air Products.

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Dennille Schuler

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Penn State Lehigh Valley

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