Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week: Connecting Students and Businesses

Posted On On: April 5, 2017

By:  Nicole Keiner, Director of Communications & Outreach

Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW) is a summer program that connects students and businesses.  It educates sophomore and junior high school students about the American free enterprise system.  Last year over 2,000 students participated.  Since the program’s inception in 1979, over 40,000 young adults have learned about what it takes to be successful in business.

Katie Clarke, President of LeTort Trust has been involved with PFEW for five years.  Clarke shared, “After one meeting with John Trombetta (the foundation’s President & CEO) and a visit to see this exceptional program in action, we were “all in” and have probably sponsored close to 100 students.  Based on the thank you notes we have gotten from each and every one of them, we know that our contributions are changing lives.  This is an experience of a lifetime and I only hope more regional businesses will jump in and help.  The more local students that can have the opportunity to attend, the higher the chances of our community reaping the entrepreneurial benefit.”

Each student participant receives a scholarship due to the $575 donation by a company, foundation or organization.  A scholarship covers all of the costs associated with the program for one student.  All donations are tax deductible and donors can qualify for Educational Improvement Tax Credits as well.

Jen Delaye, CEO of The JDK Group, added, for the time I was involved with PFEW, I can tell you that I was thoroughly impressed with the engagement of the students as well as the level in which they are instructed.  This is an incredible experience for the students in which they get access to high level material and have to apply it in so that they have a successful business.”

If you are interested in learning more about how your business or organization can get involved, please visit