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Penski Staffing And Waste-stream Help Make Dreams Of A Clarkson Education Come True For Local Students

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John Wicke, general manager of Penski Staffing, and Skip Bisnett, general manager of Waste-stream believe in the importance of a college education and giving back to their community. Both men, on behalf of their companies, put their money where their beliefs are recently with cash contributions to the North Country Friends Clarkson Scholarship fund.ncfriends2005

North Country Friends Scholarship is a program started more than 20 years ago to assist local students with the financial costs of attending Clarkson University. As the name implies, funding for the program comes from area residents and businesses who want to help make certain that everyone who has the ability and desire to go to Clarkson gets the opportunity.

The annual funding goal of North Country Friends is $50,000. "The generosity of local residents and business people like John and 'Skip' help make it possible for students to receive an outstanding education right here in northern New York," said Peter Beekman, director of Development at Clarkson University. "Many of these students remain in northern New York after graduation and become leaders in our local communities."

Wicke, who is also president of the local Clarkson Alumni Chapter, said "I know firsthand what a leg up a degree from Clarkson gives you in the business world. At Penski Staffing I meet with employers every day and have a keen appreciation of the skills required by today's fast-paced companies. Our support of North Country Friends helps ensure these employers won't have to import their management and skilled workforce from outside northern New York."

Prospective first-year students who wish to be considered for a North Country Friends Scholarship or other forms of Clarkson aid must file a completed application for admission to the University by March 1.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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