Foundation Receives $20,000 Gift from Scott Electric
The Foundation recently received a $20,000 gift from Scott Electric, a regional wholesale electrical distributor based out of Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Monica Lingenfelter, executive vice president of the Foundation, accepted the donation on behalf of Shepherd University from Rusty Potts, a commercial outside representative for Scott Electric. The gift is designated for unrestricted use with a preference for campus projects pertaining to green and restorative maintenance projects.
Scott Electric was founded more than 60 years ago by World War II veteran Sam Scott, who gifted the company to his employees upon his own retirement. They chose to honor Scott’s spirit of generosity by creating a self-sustaining nonprofit foundation with the intent to make charitable gifts to hospitals and universities within Scott Electric territories. Now in its second year, the Scott Electric Foundation previously made an unrestricted gift to Shepherd University in 2014.
“We wanted to focus on universities because higher education leads to job growth, often in the surrounding areas,” said eastern territory manager Edward Garofalo, who believes the impact of unrestricted gifts is felt more at smaller schools like Shepherd.
Scott Electric is a wholesale electrical distributor and supply store offering a wide range of products, as well as the owner of several subsidiaries, the two largest of which distribute copy paper and recycle universal waste. Shepherd University is the paper distributor’s largest client. The company operates nine satellite offices throughout Pennsylvania, New York, and Maryland, including an office in Hagerstown, Maryland.
“One of our focuses is a continued relationship with people,” said Potts. “We’re here to build longstanding relationships with the community.”