The PNC Foundation has given Penn State Health and Penn State a $2 million grant that will be spent on several community programs.
The money will be spread out over five years. It will benefit programs including:
- A Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center effort that partners with about 1,000 schools to promote good health. The grant money will allow a new program that will involve STEM — science, technology, engineering and math education — and allow the effort to reach more schools.
- A community program to address mental health and promote overall health in Berks, Dauphin, Cumberland, Lancaster and Lebanon counties.
- Four Diamond Mini-THONS, which are run by high schools to raise money to help children being treated at Penn State Children’s Hospital. The grant money will go toward things including the Mini-THON Leadership Summit, which connects and helps develop student leaders.
- Penn State Startup Week, which connects entrepreneurial Penn State students with successful alumni who can guide them in pursuing start-up ventures.
The PNC Foundation said the grant is one of the largest it has ever given in central Pennsylvania. The foundation is funded by The PNC Financial Services Group to support community programs.
During a briefing with news reporters on Tuesday Jim Hoehn, PNC’s president for central Pennsylvania, said PNC has a goal of improving health in its communities. Since PNC’s expertise is in banking, he said, it relies on partnerships with organizations such as Penn State Health to impact community health.