The Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) Foundation received a $10,000 gift in honor of the 75th birthday of Norman J. Pingley, the first intramural athletic director at PHSC. The gift, donated by the family of Norman and Gretchen Pingley, established a new endowed scholarship fund which will be available to graduates of Hernando High School who are pursuing a degree in a health and wellness field and/or are members of a PHSC athletic team.
Norman J. Pingley was an admission specialist at PHSC for nearly 30 years. He taught in the physical education department, started the intramural athletic program, and coached the North Campus basketball team and the first women’s softball team. He retired from PHSC in 2005. Prior to his role at the college Pingley was a coach and teacher at Hernando High School. After his retirement, he continued as a PHSC adjunct instructor until 2012.
Friends and former PHSC colleagues surprised Pingley at a birthday celebration in January and also made gifts to the Coach Norm Pingley Endowed Scholarship fund in his honor.
The Pasco-Hernando State College Foundation, Inc., established as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1975, seeks philanthropic support from individuals, businesses, foundations and community groups to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. The foundation has a flourishing scholarship program. For the 2016-2017 academic year, more than 1,300 scholarships were awarded to 882 PHSC students, totaling $940,959.