Allied Wire & Cable, Collegeville, Pa., named Penn State Abington freshman Matthew Rayner as the first beneficiary of its new company-run scholarship program. Matthew is the son of Ron Rayner, a warehouse associate at Allied's headquarters since 2008. The scholarship program, which will run annually, is open to children of full-time AWC employees with at least three years on the job. Students are eligible to apply for the $10,000 scholarship during their senior year of high school. They must be college or university-bound and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Scholarships are awarded based on both merit and financial need, and are payable over the course of the student's college career.

Matthew Rayner will be awarded a check for $2,500. As long as he maintains a 3.0 GPA or higher, he will receive one check each year during his four-year college program, for a scholarship totaling $10,000. As a student at Roxborough High School, Rayner received honors all four years, and was a member of the school's wrestling, cross-country and soccer teams. He plans to study education at Penn State Abington, pursuing his dream of becoming a teacher.