Porreco College offere new scholarship in memory Goodwine Foundation

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From left, LaWanda Bender-Goodwine, Amos Goodwine, Edinboro University President Julie E. Wollman, Leroy Goodwine, and Jackie George and Jeanie George Ditrich, sisters of “Mina” George. The Goodwines established the scholarship in memory of their friend.

By Karlee Dies
News Editor/Spectator

Amos Goodwine Jr.; his wife, LaWanda Bender-Goodwine; and brother, Leroy Goodwine, created a scholarship this month for students attending Porreco College in memory of their friend Michael “Mina” Ivan George.

Because this family acknowledges how expensive college can be, this new scholarship has hopes to put a quality higher education at the hands of deserving students.

The Goodwine family is very active in the Erie community, according to a press release. They serve on many nonprofit boards and strive to make an impact with their volunteer efforts.

Through the Goodwine Foundation, they have “demonstrated a strong commitment to education, establishing several scholarships to assist students graduating from public and private secondary schools in Erie County,” stated the release.

The Goodwines created the new scholarship in George’s name to further assist Erie County students in reaching their educational goals at Porreco College.

George was a star athlete at East High School in Erie and Gannon University.

He went on to become an educator and coach. He taught social studies at Girard High School where he was also the head football coach, track coach and senior class advisor.

George passed away in 2010 leaving behind a legacy. With his years at the former Kanty Preparatory School and Cathedral Preparatory School, Michael George holds the record for the most wins for a high school football coach in Erie County.

Porreco College was created by Edinboro University in 2014 to promote personal, professional and economic development through educational programs designed to maintain a skilled workforce and enhance the quality of life on a local and regional level.

With the “plentiful amount of private support the college has received,” they are able to offer the Porreco Promise, which is comprised of grants up to $3,000 per year to Erie County residents enrolled full-or part-time in its certificate and associate degree programs.

The Porreco Promise was reportedly made to make the cost of higher level college reflect that of a community college.

Family, former players and friends of Michael “Mina” George are invited to contribute to the scholarship in his name through the Office of University Advancement.

For more information, check out porreco.edinboro. edu, or call (814) 732-2992.

Karlee Dies is the news editor for the Spectator. She can be reached by eupnews.specator@gmail.com