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Alumni Diane and Mike Katzaman, who have pledged a $1.7 million estate gift to Penn State, are flanked by Rick Roush, left, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, and Robert Pangborn, right, vice president and dean for undergraduate education.
March 21, 2017

Michael and Diane Katzaman, of Wernersville, have pledged an estate gift of approximately $1.7 million to be evenly divided between the Agriculture Fund, which supports Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, and a micro-scholarship fund administered through the University's Office of Undergraduate Education.

February 7, 2017

James (Jim) P. Zallie and Helen Zallie, of Lake Forest, Illinois, have pledged $20,000 each year over the next five years to enhance research in the field of sensory science within the Department of Food Science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

December 22, 2016

Lynn M. and Helen B. Henninger, of Elizabethville, have pledged an estate gift of $25,000 in support of Penn State Extension's Dauphin County 4-H program. They also will pledge $1,250 for the next five years to activate the endowment early.

December 7, 2016

Gail Graybill Carson and her husband, Dr. James H. Carson, of Lititz, have created the J. Clair Graybill Scholarship in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to commemorate the life and values of Mrs. Carson's father, the late J. Clair Graybill. The scholarship will be awarded to students in the college with demonstrated financial need, with first preference going to students who have graduated or will graduate from any high school in Lancaster County.

November 18, 2016

Joan and John Baxter, of Linfield, Pennsylvania, have created an endowment, the Julie A. Haines Memorial Professional Development Scholarship for Penn State Extension, to memorialize their niece, Julie Haines. The fund will support professional development for nutrition education paraprofessionals, or those in a similar role, employed by Penn State Extension.

Earl and Kay Harbaugh were recognized as Penn State's 2016 Fundraising Volunteers of the Year at an event on Oct. 7.
October 28, 2016

Penn State has recognized Earl Harbaugh, a 1961 alumnus of the College of Agricultural Sciences, and his wife, Kay Harbaugh, as its 2016 Fundraising Volunteers of the Year. The award, which was officially presented to the Harbaughs on Oct. 7 for their service to the University, honors the leadership of alumni and friends in securing philanthropic support for Penn State. The Harbaughs are longtime volunteers for the College of Agricultural Sciences, and they have focused their service and philanthropy on promoting entrepreneurial education and scholarships within the college.

August 25, 2016

Jeffrey A. Conrad, of Boston, Massachusetts, has given $105,000 to create an endowed scholarship for students from Juniata County, Pennsylvania, who intend to major in the agricultural sciences or in business at Penn State.

August 24, 2016

Charles “Chuck” Krueger and his wife, Ellen Krueger, of Mesa, Arizona, have donated $50,000 to benefit undergraduate research programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State.

August 16, 2016

Carolee Bull, head of the Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology Department, and her husband Jean-Philippe Fillettaz, have made a pledge to match donations up to $25,000 to support strategic initiatives in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology within the Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Chuck Ray, associate professor of wood products operations, examines two specimens. His lab is reorganizing Penn State's wood collection, which is one of the most extensive in the world, taking high-resolution, magnified photos of the 12,000 or so specime
August 12, 2016

When Dennis Brett decided to keep his first block of wood, World War II had just ended and Harry Truman was president. By comparison, Penn State's modest wood collection, which has been enhanced as a result of Brett's generosity, was already about 40 years old by that time.

July 22, 2016

Penn State alumnus Robert W. Knight III and his wife, Jacque, of Alpharetta, Georgia, have included a bequest in their future estate to support agricultural safety and health programs within the University's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Image: Courtesy of World Cocoa Foundation
June 13, 2016

When trade organizations representing the chocolate industry created an endowment in 1986 to support Penn State research on Theobroma cacao -- the cocoa tree -- the use of biotechnology to improve plants was still in its infancy. Now, three decades later, the endowment has grown, and along with it the scientific knowledge that is helping to promote economic security for cocoa farmers in developing countries and to ensure a reliable supply of the raw material needed to manufacture one of the world's favorite delicacies.

Some of the recipients of the College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society's scholarships and internship awards are pictured during the college's 2015 Scholarships and Awards Banquet.
May 13, 2016

In 2014, the College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society pledged $100,000 to create a new endowment in support of student scholarships. Now, the society is doubling down to enhance that fund and help more students with their educational expenses.

April 18, 2016

Nancy Donahue, of Portsmouth, Virginia, has provided $50,000 to create a scholarship endowment in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences in memory of her late husband, W. Durbin Donahue, who graduated from the college before embarking on a long career as a veterinarian. The W. Durbin Donahue, VMD, and Nancy J. Donahue Scholarship is aimed at helping to defray the educational costs of pre-veterinary students.

March 17, 2016

An alumnus of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has established two new endowments that will benefit Penn State Extension 4-H youth development programs in Centre and Columbia counties.

March 2, 2016

Eligible high school students in Indiana County may get help with their college costs if they enroll in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, thanks to the generosity of a local couple.

February 4, 2016

An alumnus of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has created the Robert K. Robinson Fund for Student Engagement that will support students' participation in activities and enrichment opportunities.

January 26, 2016

A gift from David Dowler, a longtime educator for Penn State Extension, and his wife, Lois, will create a new scholarship endowment to benefit students in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Food Scientist Cathy Cutter will use the Arthur W. Nesbitt Faculty Program Development Award to help fund research on the effect of an educational intervention on the microbial safety and quality of farmstead cheese.
January 19, 2016

Catherine Cutter, professor of food science and food safety extension specialist focusing on muscle foods, has been named recipient of the Arthur W. Nesbitt Faculty Program Development Award in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Funded by a $250,000 donation from the State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania, this structure will provide safe, modern housing for graduate students and visiting scientists at the Fruit Research and Extension Center.
January 11, 2016

Penn State graduate students and visiting scientists from other institutions play a critical role in many studies conducted at Penn State's Fruit Research and Extension Center in Biglerville, Adams County. And now, thanks to the financial support of the State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania, new graduate-student housing at the center will help ensure those contributions into the future.

December 21, 2015

A new endowment initially totaling $25,000 will benefit extension-education programs in Huntingdon County, Penn State Extension has announced. Proceeds from the endowment, called the Penn State Cooperative Extension Endowment in Huntingdon County, will provide supplemental funds to help with operational expenses, salaries and project materials, according to Stanley McKee, Penn State Extension district director for Huntingdon, Blair and Fulton counties.

December 21, 2015

Two new endowments initially totaling $25,000 each will benefit 4-H youth development programs in Fayette and Greene counties, Penn State Extension has announced. Proceeds from the endowments will provide supplemental funds to help with 4-H operational expenses, salaries and wages. Funds also may be used to support awards recognizing outstanding accomplishments achieved by 4-H members.

December 21, 2015

A new endowment initially totaling $25,000 will benefit 4-H youth development programs in Crawford County, Penn State Extension has announced. Proceeds from the endowment, called the Penn State Cooperative Extension 4-H Endowment in Crawford County, will provide supplemental funds to help with 4-H operational expenses, salaries and wages. Funds also may be used to support awards recognizing outstanding accomplishments achieved by 4-H members.

 Malaria mosquitoes find their way to humans by responding to odors leaving the house. Many mosquitoes enter the house through the eave -- the gap between the roof and the walls.  Image: In2Care
December 21, 2015

In collaboration with partners in Europe and Africa, researchers at Penn State have received a five-year, $10.2-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to investigate a new method for preventing the transmission of malaria. The method involves limiting mosquito access to houses by blocking openings and installing "eave tubes" that contain a unique type of insecticide-laced mosquito netting developed by Dutch partner In2Care that kills the insects as they attempt to enter.

December 14, 2015

Calvin DuBrock, retired director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Bureau of Wildlife Management, recently was named the Goddard Chair in Forestry and Environmental Resource Conservation in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

November 11, 2015

Penn State food science students who have completed an internship in dairy processing could receive a financial reward as the result of an endowment established by the National Ice Cream Mix Association.

November 11, 2015

A gift from two Penn State faculty members promises to enhance graduate education in rural sociology in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Phil Keeney and a lab assistant examine an ice cream cone during Keeney's heyday as the "Emperor of Ice Cream." A fundraising campaign is under way to endow the chair of the Food Science Department in Keeney's name.
October 20, 2015

An anonymous donor is putting his or her money where our mouths are, pledging to match gifts — on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to $1 million — in an effort to enhance food science programs at Penn State.

October 20, 2015

With a $12,500 gift to Penn State, Doebler's Inc. will establish a new scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The Jersey Shore-based seed company will fund the Doebler's Inc. Scholarship, which will provide $2,500 in annual financial support to students over a five-year period. First preference for funds will be given to full-time students majoring in Plant Sciences, under either the major's Agroecology option or the Crop Production option.

July 10, 2015

Carl A. and Thelma S. Brown, of Reading, have established an endowment in the Department of Animal Science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences that will offer students at Penn State campuses around the state an opportunity for out-of-classroom enrichment activities at University Park.