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Gilchrist children make $10,000 gift in father's memory

11/9/2009 —

Jane and Tom Gilchrist, daughter and son of Thomas A. Gilchrist Sr., have donated $10,000 to their father’s memorial scholarship at Penn State Beaver. Because of their gift, funds in the Thomas A. Gilchrist Sr. Memorial Endowed Scholarship now total $40,000.

The scholarship was established years ago by the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association. For more than 25 years, Gilchrist served as the alumni chapter’s longest term treasurer and member of the Board of Directors. He also was known as “The Ice Cream Man” because for decades he coordinated and worked at the chapter’s sales of Penn State Creamery ice cream in the community. All proceeds from the sales always have benefited Beaver campus students.

After Gilchrist passed away in May 2008, the Alumni Chapter’s Board of Directors unanimously voted to re-name their scholarship in honor of Tom’s dedication to the Chapter and his love of Penn State.

“We’re making this gift to honor our father and to ensure that his dedicated hard work continues to provide educational opportunities for deserving students,” said Tom Gilchrist Jr.

The alumni chapter continues to add to the scholarship by donating all proceeds from the sales they conduct every summer at the Brodhead Cultural Center concession stand.

“We’re honored to be able to donate our concession stand proceeds to this scholarship honoring Tom’s memory,” said Dan Pinchot, campus director of enrollment and coordinator of the alumni concession stand. “Tom did so much for our students and our chapter; we are just happy to be able to give back in his name.”

For more information or to make a gift to the Gilchrist Memorial Scholarship, contact Diana Patterson, director of development, at dlp25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558.

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