Early Learning Scholarships

Farmers National Bank Supports Early Learning Scholarships

Amy Ruot, Manager of the Titusville branch of Farmers National Bank presented the United Way of the Titusville Region recently a contribution to Terri Ann Wig, Chief Professional Officer in support of the Educational Improvement TAx Credit-Pre-K Scholarship program.

The Pre-K Scholarship program is administered through the United Way of the Titusville Region through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development-Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program.  This program allows eligible PA Corporations to provide approved Pre-K Scholarship Organizations with funds in lieu of a portion of their PA corporate taxes.

As the local approved, Pre-K Scholarship Organization, The UW of the Titusville Region administers the Pre-K Scholarship program that benefits early learners ages 3 to 5 in three local school readiness programs.  Students enrolled in the YWCA Fun Factory, YMCA Tiny Footsteps and TFree Kidz Zone programs may apply for scholarships to cover a portion of their tuition.  Families are asked to provide income verification information to ensure eligibility guidelines.  Scholarships are issued on a need basis with the guidelines and directives from DCED and fund availability in the program.

During the past year the United Way Pre-K Scholarship program provided 43 tuition scholarships, totaling $28,443 to our early learners.  "Without the support of our corporate partners, like Farmers National Bank, many families of these young learners would not be able to attend or would need to reduce the number of days they could benefit from these important school readiness programs."

During 2016, the United Way of the Titusville Region has received support from Farmers National Bank; UPMC Health Plan, National City Equity Partners, Inc.; Highmark Casualty Insurance Group; and Northwest Savings Bank.

Learners, ages 3 and 4, enrolled in the summer programs of the YMCA Tiny Footsteps; YWCA Fun Factory and TFree Kidz Zne can contact their programs to apply for funding for the summer session.

Any interest business owner that would be interested in participating in the program may contact the United Way of the Titusville Region at 827-1322 or visit www.newpa.com/programs/educational-improvement-tax-credit-program-eitc/ for guidelines and applications.

--with Amy Phelps Ruot and Terri Ann Wig