PECO Supports the Cheyney Foundation by providing Scholarships to Alleviate Financial Barriers for 8 S.T.E.M. Students at Cheyney University.

Media Contact: Brandy Jones


Philadelphia, PA–  Eight students at Cheyney University are one step closer to reaching their goals of becoming advocates, change agents and innovators in the field of science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.). Each student was awarded $2,500 scholarships to alleviate financial barriers that could otherwise derail and distract them from reaching their goals. This scholarship was made possible by PECO, a longtime supporter of Cheyney University and the Cheyney Foundation. With aspirations ranging from developing urban aquaculture centers and farms in poor communities to providing education on reproductive processes for poor women of color and everything in between, these students have created a union between their passion for science and their interest in engaging their communities.

  On Thursday, June 22, 2017, from 6pm – 7:30pm, the Cheyney Foundation will be honoring these 8 students by hosting an intimate scholarship reception with PECO at the Cheyney Foundation office. For many of these students continuing their education would be a challenge or nearly impossible without this funding.

“The Cheyney Foundation & PECO S.T.E.M scholarship did not just give me money for school they gave me a chance to achieve my goals and really make a difference in the world. I will not take this award for granted and will pay it forward in whatever way I can in the future” shares senior Priscilla Muhanji, one of the scholarship recipients.

Priscilla, whose family comes from Kenya and Tanzania, has worked in various countries in both Europe and Africa mentoring and tutoring youth. She plans to eradicate medical disparities in rural areas in developing countries and attend medical school to study endocrinology after graduating from Cheyney.

The mission of the Cheyney Foundation is to fundraise, promote and support academic excellence, innovation and sustainability of Cheyney University. Established in 1971, the Cheyney Foundation has been committed to supporting Cheyney University and has given over $900,000 in scholarship dollars to the institution over the past 20 years.

For more information on the Cheyney Foundation, check out their website here.