History

A unique, community-centered goal inspired our Founders to initiate a program of educational financial support.

James K. Adams and Arlene L. Adams worked together to start and build a nationally recognized warehousing business in Central Pennsylvania. Through three decades of growth, they did much to recognize and reward the employees who contributed to the success of the company. At the time of Mr. Adams’ retirement they created the James K. Adams and Arlene L. Adams Foundation.

The importance that Mr. and Mrs. Adams placed on education after high school is embedded in the program of their Foundation. Success in post-high school education programs contributes to the wellbeing of the student for life and to the growth of the community. The Foundation supports and encourages students who also value giving back to their community, take an active role in their faith, and take personal responsibility for becoming productive citizens.

The Foundation has awarded more than $625,000 in no interest loans and other student financial assistance over the last nineteen years.

Accomplishments & Recent Progress

Last year the James K. Adams and Arlene L. Adams Foundation distributed $90,000.00 in no interest academic loans to local students. Since 1994, the Adams Foundation has assisted students in post-high school education programs. More than 100 area graduates have received financial assistance for college and technical school studies.

Typical Tuition Assistance

The typical tuition loan is about $2,500. Because financial need is also a factor that is considered by our Board of Advisors, some loans have been for $5,000 for an academic year. All tuition loans are interest free and are to be paid back when the student is financially able to return the support to the local community.

Application Reviews

All applications are reviewed by the Board of Advisors of the Adams Foundation. Current Board members are Mrs. Nancy Besch, Mrs. Susanne K. Mullin, and Mr. James R. Adair. Their service has been instrumental in the success of our program.

Results

Success for the James K. Adams and Arlene L. Adams Foundation is found in the way our students "pay it forward." When tuition loans are repaid to the Adams Foundation every dollar is used to provide new tuition loans for eligible students. The successful careers and ability of the students to give similar assistance to new students increases the ability of the James K. Adams and Arlene L. Adams Foundation to achieve the goals of our founders.