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Areas to Support

Your donation to the College of Agricultural Sciences Future Fund will support our students, faculty, programs, and facilities.

Scholarships

Privately endowed scholarships have become an integral part of financial aid. In fact, the College of Agricultural Sciences has one of the largest and most successful scholarship programs within the University—offering scholarship assistance to more than 650 of our 2,100 students annually.

Despite the college’s strong head start, there are still many students in need of increased financial assistance. Together with the support of our alumni and friends, we can help make a difference in the lives and educational careers of these talented students who want to pursue careers in agricultural sciences but are financially unable to do so.

Private support makes a lasting impression on a student’s educational experience. Traditional scholarship assistance is one way to accomplish this. Other important areas of support include funding for international projects, undergraduate research, and internships. Specifically, the college’s international programs—including study abroad and exchange programs—can provide undergraduates with deeper understanding of global issues surrounding food production and protection of natural resources. Internships give students valuable hands-on experience, allowing them to practice what they have learned. And support for undergraduate research projects grant students the opportunity and encouragement they need to pursue exciting areas in agricultural sciences.

With this kind of support, our college can recruit and retain talented and diverse students making higher education available to all who qualify, regardless of background or financial status.

For more information on scholarships, visit the College of Agricultural Sciences' Scholarships web page

Graduate Fellowships

Graduate Student

Graduate education is where two of Penn State's missions--teaching and research--meet. Attracting motivated students to pursue advanced degrees is all of our departments is essential to enrich our agricultural sciences program and move the College of Agricultural Sciences and the University into a position of increased national prominence.

Graduate education is where two of Penn State’s missions—teaching and research—meet. Attracting motivated students to pursue advanced degrees in all of our departments is essential to enrich our agricultural sciences program and move the College of Agricultural Sciences and the University into a position of increased national prominence. With a strong graduate program, our college is able to attract many outstanding graduate students.

However, competition for top-notch graduate students among national institutions is intense. Therefore, we must be able to offer our students more graduate fellowships to compete with these institutions.

This kind of support helps the college to recruit graduate students who would contribute fresh perspectives, broad knowledge, and leading-edge research experiences to our undergraduates, faculty, and other graduate students.

The college supports over 260 active research projects involving faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students. Scientists work in both basic and applied research in subject areas ranging from biotechnology and genetics to crop management and animal health and reproduction. Agricultural research greatly benefits the food and fiber industries that are vital to the Commonwealth’s economy—addressing critical issues of profitability, environmental impact, health and safety, resource utilization, and conservation.

Program Endowments

Outreach

Program support helps the college:

  • maintain excellence
  • create a flexible approach to agricultural sciences education and research
  • develop new programs to meet emerging needs
  • provide a well-rounded education for our students.

Program endowments can be created to support lecture series, update laboratory equipment, bring outstanding agricultural sciences professionals into classrooms, provide seed money to faculty for curriculum innovations or new research ideas, and create opportunities for students to develop relationships with important leaders and professionals from business, industry, and government.

Program endowments also support the college's cooperative extension program, which delivers the outreach component of the University's land-grant mission to families, farms, businesses and communities in all sixty-seven counties of the Commonwealth. Cooperative extension provides research-based, non-formal public educational opportunities aimed at helping Pennsylvanians to maintain a competitive and environmentally sound food and fiber system, while helping youth and adults improve the quality of their lives.

Endowed Professorships

Faculty

Great universities have great faculties. When new curricula are developed, they are driven by the faculty; when students seek out our college, they are attracted by the quality of our faculty; and when we develop alliances with the private sector, they are driven by the quality of our outstanding faculty.

With seven endowed professorships and six endowed faculty chairs, the college has already made significant headway in ensuring that students have the opportunity to interact with some of the leading minds in the field. However, additional chairs and professorships are needed. Competition for the best available teachers and researchers is even more acute than for the promising students, in part because the college must also compete with private industry and the public sector for potential faculty. Such competition is traditionally keen in fields where Penn State, private business, and government most closely interface—the sciences, engineering, business, and health care fields.

Private support will make the difference in our college’s ability to recruit a distinguished scholar, or retain that scholar in the face of lures from other institutions or other potential employers.

Support our Facilities

Food Science Building

Offering state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms are critical to keeping us on the leading edge of education and research.  New facilities also serve as a magnet to bring the top researchers, educators, and students to our college.

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