National Penn Bank donates to Academy

From left: Scott Gruber, National Penn Central Region President; Kevin Bieber, National Penn Vice President; Dr. James N. Smock, West-Mont Christian Academy Administrator and Gail Hallman, West-Mont Director of Curriculum and Staff Development.

For The Community Connection

National Penn recently announced a contribution in the amount of $4,465 to West-Mont Christian Academy. The donation was made under the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, through which National Penn and its divisions are contributing more than $300,000 in 2009.

West-Mont Christian Academy qualifies to receiving funding through the state?s EITC program. The funds targeted for West-Mont Christian will be used to support scholarships for students in grades K-12. West-Mont currently has 340 students in grades K-12, with the high school division being the largest and fastest growing.

'National Penn Bank has been a faithful partner for many years, giving funds to the scholarship needs of our exceptional educational students. We have several students with various learning disabilities who would not, without the generosity of National Penn and other caring businesses, be able to attend West-Mont and receive the specialized help they desperately need,' said Dr. James N. Smock, West-Mont Christian Academy administrator.

West-Mont Christian Academy, whose main campus is located on South Hanover Street in Pottstown, serves the needs of the surrounding area with quality academic education in a caring environment. All students regardless of religious affiliation or history are welcome to attend the Middle States Association accredited school. West-Mont looks to help each student develop the physical, intellectual, spiritual and social life skills needed in order to vibrantly succeed in life.

'National Penn takes pride in giving back to the local communities we serve and so it is with great pleasure that we announce our contribution to West-Mont Christian Academy. National Penn continually looks to support local programs and schools through the EITC program with the goal of helping our youth on their journey to life-long education,' said Scott Gruber, president of National Penn's Central Region.

National Penn Bancshares, Inc., with $9.8 billion in assets, is the fourth largest bank holding company based in Pennsylvania.? In addition, wealth assets under administration or management amount to $8.1 billion.

Headquartered in Boyertown, National Penn operates 127 offices. It has 124 community banking offices in Pennsylvania and one office in Maryland through National Penn Bank and its HomeTowne Heritage Bank, KNBT and Nittany Bank divisions. National Penn also has two offices in Delaware through its wholly-owned subsidiary Christiana Bank & Trust Company.

National Penn's financial services affiliates consist of National Penn Investors Trust Company; National Penn Capital Advisors, Inc.; Vantage Investment Advisors, LLC; Institutional Advisors LLC; National Penn Leasing Company; National Penn Insurance Services Group, Inc.; Caruso Benefits Group, Inc.

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