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First National Bank Donates to ROCK Program

January 11, 2018 Tags: Academics , Community Engagement , Research , STEAM , University News

The First National Bank presented a check for $8,500 as a donation to Saint Francis University’s Rural Outreach Chemistry for Kids (R.O.C.K.) program.

The R.O.C.K. program, founded in 1995 by Dr. Edward P. Zovinka, Professor of Chemistry, provides local schools and youth organizations with the opportunity to experience chemistry in real life situations. The purpose is to demonstrate to the local K-12 students that science is important in everyone's life and can be exciting and interesting. R.O.C.K. also provides students with the chance to experiment with the available equipment provided by the R.O.C.K. program, all free of charge. 

First National Bank check presentation

“This donation allows the Saint Francis ROCK program to provide more educational programs to the local schools. We appreciate the relationship we have with First National Bank, and are thankful for the generous donation” says Dr. Rose Clark, Chemistry Professor.

Through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, businesses such as First National Bank are able to contribute to Educational Improvement Organizations (EIO’s) in order to receive a credit of 75% of their donation applied against their tax liability (90% if the company makes the same donation for two consecutive years). The credit gives companies an incentive to help improve student learning by supporting educational programming in Pennsylvania.


Photo (from left to right): Rob Cabala, First National Bank; Joyce Hohman, First National Bank; Dr. Rose Clark, SFU Chemistry; Rev. Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Ph.D., SFU President; Zac Craig, First National Bank. 

R.O.C.K. Program