Program Support

Program Support

To remain in the forefront of learning, Penn State New Kensington must constantly refresh and renew its academic programs and move into new disciplines as opportunities arise. Program support serves as “venture capital” for our students and is used in by all academic units. Campus faculty and staff are turning to alumni, friends, and the corporate community for contributions that support specific programs initiatives that benefit both the campus and the community. For more information about supporting these and other Penn State New Kensington programs, contact Kary Coleman, director of development and alumni relations.

Athletics Fund: Programs, Sponsorships, Equipment, Championships

This fund supports the intercollegiate and intramural athletic programs at the campus. It provides equipment and improves facilities which allow more students to participate in athletics and healthy living activities and to develop leadership skills.

New Kensington Honors Program Fund

We are dedicated to providing academically-talented students with learning experiences that challenges them to reach their full potential. An important part of the Honors program is national and international travel that provides opportunities to tour businesses in the United States and to study in foreign countries.

Chancellor's Excellence Fund

The fund sustains a tradition of quality and enriches the student experience at the campus. The chancellor has identified projects in the humanities field, such as theatre, music and art, as a priority.

Kids in College

The Kids in College summer camps program and the Pennsylvania STEM Initiative combine creative thinking with hands-on activities. Designed for students in grades one to nine, the week-long camps feature a variety of topics including, science, foreign customs, creative writing, music, reading and babysitting, as well as cheerleading, basketball and soccer. Participants can learn about the world or develop new skills while having fun.

New Kensington Technology Innovation Fund

The innovation fund supports and enhances the campus' ability to keep abreast of technological advances in equipment, technology and training.


Academic awards are very often the single most important financial means available to worthy students seeking a higher education. An award or scholarship in your/family/organization name would be created at Penn State New Kensington providing financial benefits to worthy students in perpetuity. Whether created through monies gifted now or created later through deferred gifts, endowments continue to strengthen and improve the University and the world in which we live.

Trustee Matching Scholarships

A Trustee Scholarship provides the unique benefit of generating immediate scholarship funds for qualified students and, because it is an endowed scholarship, it will provide funding to Penn State New Kensington students in perpetuity. Additionally, through the matching of University funds with your endowment the Trustee Scholarship will generate larger scholarship awards from the very beginning. The Trustee Scholarship program is the perfect option for donors who want to see the maximum financial benefit for students both now and in perpetuity. This will be a key focus moving forward.  

Campus Expansion    

Consistent with the master site plan is the continued growth of the campus in terms of land and facilities. Expanding the campus through acquisition of contiguous property and facilities will support the long-term strategic needs of the University.

Lecture Series   

Use of renowned experts and speakers to develop and present subject matter with broad appeal to both on and off campus community, the lecture series facilitates the learning experience and generates maximum exposure and involvement in Penn State New Kensington.

Campus Beautification  

Our beautiful campus can be made even more attractive through additional planting of trees, plants and flowers, extending and repairing stonework of our buildings, upgrading our walkways, and placement of decorative benches in key areas. There are many opportunities to pursue in an effort to maintain the nature beauty of the campus.