Treasurer Torsella Continues Keystone Scholars Launch Tour with Visit To Indiana County Technology Center

Joins legislators and partners in Indiana County to highlight higher education investment


Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella today visited Indiana County to launch Treasury’s Keystone Scholars program at the Indiana County Technology Center (ICTC). Torsella was joined by Representative Dave Reed, Senator Don White, Representative Cris Dush, Indiana County Commissioners, ICTC administrators, students, and staff, leadership from Indiana Regional Medical Center, the president of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and the United Way of Indiana County. Designed to help encourage higher education aspirations and to help families start saving early, Torsella launched the Keystone Scholars program to provide a $100 scholarship grant to every child born or adopted in Pennsylvania to be used towards higher education expenses. A six-county demonstration project—financed through private funds—is available now; proposed legislation would make the scholarship grant program available to every child statewide.


“Higher education is more than just a four-year degree; we need Pennsylvanians who have trained in college and career programs for the jobs of the future. The ICTC students surrounding me today are getting ready for that step in their own lives, and I applaud them. The Keystone Scholars program will help families get started early, so they’re ready for whatever career path a child wants to pursue. And most importantly, it tells kids in Indiana County that we believe in them and will help them get wherever they want to go.”


Pennsylvania Treasurer, Joe Torsella

As part of Torsella’s Keystone Scholars launch in Indiana County, he met with high school students currently enrolled at the ICTC as well as ICTC teachers and administrators, and toured the school.


“We at ICTC believe wholeheartedly in the Treasurer’s vision for Pennsylvania and are thrilled with this early investment in the Commonwealth’s future workforce needs. Our students graduate with industry credentials, a high school diploma, and a blend of academic and technical skills preparing them to graduate into the work force or on to post-secondary education. We are proud to know the Treasurer is investing in the bright futures of the next generation of Indiana County children.”


Eric D. Palmer, ICTC Administrative Director

Treasurer Torsella unveiled the Keystone Scholars program in February 2018, which included the announcement of a demonstration project for all families living in Delaware, Elk, Indiana, Luzerne, Mifflin, and Westmoreland counties. Treasury raised $2.25 million in private funds to finance the demonstration project, so that every baby born or adopted from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019 within the six-counties will be eligible for a $100 scholarship grant. Families have until the child’s first birthday to claim the Keystone Scholarship.


Treasurer Torsella unveiled the Keystone Scholars program in February 2018, which included the announcement of a demonstration project for all families living in Delaware, Elk, Indiana, Luzerne, Mifflin, and Westmoreland counties. Treasury raised $2.25 million in private funds to finance the demonstration project, so that every baby born or adopted from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019 within the six-counties will be eligible for a $100 scholarship grant. Families have until the child’s first birthday to claim the Keystone Scholarship.


The scholarship grant will grow through investment. Families have until their child turns 29 years old to use the funds. The scholarship grant – and any additional college savings each family saves by opening a PA 529 account – can be used for any qualified higher education expense at an approved institution of higher education, including trade schools, vocational programs, community colleges, and universities in or outside Pennsylvania.


All funds for the demonstration project are coming from philanthropic sources that include the Richard King Mellon Foundation, the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency Foundation and the Neubauer Family Foundation. The demonstration project also includes The National Philanthropic Trust and research support from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and Duke University’s Common Cents Lab.


Families can preregister their child for Keystone Scholars at www.pa529.com/keystone/ by clicking on Sign Up. Once they have received their child’s birth certificate, they can log back in to finish your registration. Keystone Scholarships are available to children born in 2018 and 2019 to families living in the six demonstration project counties.


For more information on the Keystone Scholars program visit www.pa529.com/keystone and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of the department’s news on Facebook and Twitter.

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