SHARON, Pa. -- The Paul "Pete" Daffin Memorial Trustee Scholarship has been created at Penn State Shenango in honor of the late candy manufacturer.
His wife, Jean, and daughter, Diane Daffin, set up the scholarship through the Daffin Family Fund, which was established through the Shenango Valley Foundation.
"Pete was always interested in helping others and especially felt strongly about supporting higher education," Jean Daffin said. "We had wanted to do something at the local campus for years, and now that the campus offers four-year degrees, we are especially interested in supporting student scholarships."
Pete Daffin was the founder and owner of Daffin's Candies, which has a 10,000-square-foot-store in Sharon, a 30,000-square-foot candy factory in Farrell and retail outlets in Greenville, Oil City, Franklin and Warren, Ohio. The company also supplies candy to more than 50 Hallmark and gift stores.
Pete Daffin died in 1998 and the business is now run by his wife and daughter. Diane attended Penn State Shenango in 1975.
"My father was very civic-minded. Therefore, my mother and I have tried to continue to do the things we know he would have wanted to do if he were still alive. Establishing this scholarship for students locally would have made him very proud," she said.