Regretfully the Alumnae Association is no Longer in Existence.
Here are the Details
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As the years have passed and time has taken its toll our membership and member participation had declined, it was no longer possible to sustain a viable association. With the retirement of the Executive Director, the board came reluctantly to the conclusion that it was time to close this, the last chapter of Penn Hall.

The association was dissolved at the end of 2017. After taxes and final expenses in accordance with the bylaws of the corporation, remaining funds were disbursed to Wilson College Equestrian Center, and Menno Haven Retirement Community, who graciously housed our tiny alumnae office all those years.

Prior to the dissolution, an agreement was reached with Wilson College to house what remained of our records and school memorabilia at Hankey Center. https://www.wilson.edu/hankey-center-and-archives-0 Funds were provided earmarked for the preservation of the materials and to help fund an internship to organize the materials.

Three years prior to the dissolution, the association was notified it would be the recipient of an inheritance. The wishes of the benefactor were for those funds to be used to perpetuate educational and ethical principles of Penn Hall School.

 

A committee was formed to bring forth ideas, on the best way to bring that goal to fruition. An educational endowment to benefit girls/women who are either a Penn Hall legacy or a resident of Franklin County Pennsylvania, where Penn Hall was located, was deemed to be the best conduit to reach that goal. The committee suggested and met with three local educational facilities to learn about their educational goals for women, about the schools themselves and in-particular their scholarship funding through endowments. All schools interviewed were more than worthy of consideration but in the end Mercersburg Academy met the criteria best. Mercersburg Academy, known to most of us as a boys school, has indeed been coed since Penn Hall closed in 1973 and today 46% of the student body are girls. The atmosphere on campus there is reminiscent of Penn Hall in every-way including formal dinner. Importantly they have more than half of their diverse international student body receiving some sort of scholarship funding and their endowment level and structure is impressive and well managed.

 

Serendipitously, Mercersburg Academy had a dollar for dollar alumni funded matching campaign going on. This meant that our $50,000.00 donation became $100,000.00. Thus the Penn Hall Legacy Scholarship Endowed Fund was established at Mercersburg Academy. We are pleased to say that a local Franklin County young lady was the recipient of a Penn Hall Alumnae scholarship at Mercersburg during the 2017-18 school year, so our funds are already hard at work and should continue the Penn Hall legacy far into the future.

We encourage all of you as individuals who cherish the education, character building and lifetime friendships you experienced at Penn Hall to consider donating to Mercersburg Academy this year and in the coming years. Let the Penn Hall spirit live on.

Visit https://www.mercersburg.edu to find out more. You may contact Carolyn Griffin Yeager, Director of Development 717-328-6219 yeagerc@mercersburg.edu

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