The Renaissance Fund will honor Ralph J. Papa of State College, senior vice president and head of community banks for Mellon Bank N.A., at its annual dinner this fall. The dinner, which aims to raise scholarship funds for academically talented Penn State students who have great financial need, will be held Nov. 16 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, starting with a 6 p.m. reception.
Renaissance Fund scholarship dinners, honoring prominent community leaders, have been held since 1977. Last year, 431 Penn State students received Renaissance scholarships.
Papa has served on the boards of 26 different nonprofit community organizations, such as Centre County United Way, Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County, the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, Pennsylvania Centre Stage, Downtown State College Partnership and the Second Mile. He also has been active in groups ranging from the Boy Scouts of America to Pennsylvania Special Olympics.
He joined Mellon Bank after completing his undergraduate education at Penn State Harrisburg in 1969. He held various positions in retail banking, credit policy and sales, and became a vice president and branch manager of the Washington (Pa.) offices in 1983. He came to State College in 1988. Papa also is chairman, president and CEO of Mellon Bank's Central Region, based in State College, and is chairman and CEO of Commonwealth Region, based in Harrisburg.
Papa is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University, and was named an Alumni Fellow at Penn State in 1990.
As a Penn State volunteer, he is a member of the committee that is leading the University's Grand Destiny capital campaign in central Pennsylvania. He also helped to lead the committee that raised more than $20 million in private funds to build The Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus.
Ralph Papa has described his wife, Ruth Anne Papa, and daughter, Jami Papa, as "my partners in support of community efforts." They will be among the speakers at the dinner. Other speakers will include President Graham B. Spanier and family, friends and colleagues of Ralph Papa. Peter Weiler, associate vice president for Development and Alumni Relations will serve as master of ceremonies.
For more information about the dinner, call Robin Wray at (814) 863-2052 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.