Raymond and Marjorie Bittner Scholarship established at Penn State Hazleton

Hazleton, Pennsylvania – A gift from longtime campus supporters Raymond and Marjorie Bitner will establish a new scholarship at Penn State Hazelton.

The Raymond and Marjorie Bitner Scholarship, the couple’s second on-campus scholarship, will support students from the Hazleton School District, with priority given to graduates of the Hazleton District Academy of Sciences.

“We greatly appreciate Raymond and Marjorie’s generosity and continued support,” said Gary M. Lawler, Penn State Councilor Hazelton. “This latest commitment is a testament to their dedication to helping students from the Hazleton community in pursuit of their academic goals and Penn State education.”

The couple, who currently reside in Pocono Lake, Monroe County, said they established the scholarship so that college education would be affordable and available to students from the Hazleton area. They said they hope the opportunity will encourage more students interested in STEM-related fields to stay in the area.

“This scholarship is a good way to help young people move forward and have a chance at a better life,” said Marjorie Bitner.

“We are happy to do everything we can to help students get an education,” added Raymond Peter. “We know that every little bit helps.”

The couple said the motive for presenting the gift was to memorialize their son Scott, who died in September. Scott Bitner, 57, attended Penn State Hazelton before moving to University Park, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. His parents said he recently retired after a long career with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and has been a passionate traveler after visiting 48 states.

Raymond Buettner, a Hazelton resident, studied business administration at Penn State Hazelton University and worked as a student government administration treasurer. He graduated from University Park in 1958 and went on to work for 32 years in property and casualty insurance.

Marjorie Buettner grew up in Connecticut and joined the United States Air Force in a managerial position after graduating from high school. During her six years of service, she has spent time in Germany and many other locations around the world. After that, she worked in the insurance business.

The scholarship is the second established by the Pennsylvania-Hazelton couple. In 2016, they founded the Raymond L. and Marjorie L. Bittner Scholarship in Memory of Jeffrey R. Bittner, which supports students from the Hazleton Area School District who plan to pursue a business degree. The scholarship is named for the couple’s son, who died in 2015. Jeffrey R. Buettner worked at Apple and spent time teaching English in Poland and Germany.

The Raymond and Marjorie Buettner Scholarship will advance “Greater Pennsylvania for Excellence in the Twenty-first Century,” a focused campaign that seeks to elevate Pennsylvania’s standing as a leading public university in a world characterized by rapid change and global connections. With the support of alumni and friends, Greater Pennsylvania strives to meet the three basic requirements of a twenty-first century public university: keep the doors of higher education open to hard-working students regardless of financial well-being; Creating transformative experiences that transcend the classroom; and influence the world by serving societies and promoting discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship. To learn more about “Greater Pennstate of Excellence in the Twenty-first Century,” visit larger pennstate.psu.edu.

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