Doug Hoke is shown with two 4-H members at a 2011 4-H event. Hoke began attending 4-H events and interacting with 4-H members when he was elected to the York County Board of Commissioners in 2010.
March 5, 2018

Though neither a Penn State alumnus nor a former 4-H member, York County Commissioner Doug Hoke establishes an award in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Marilyn McPheron, visited Paris, France, in 2009 to attend the “Comparing French and U.S. Agriculture and Food Systems” course.
February 20, 2018

Several years after leaving Penn State, Marilyn McPheron, former international programs coordinator in the College of Agricultural Sciences, and her husband, Bruce, former dean of the college, decided to endow a scholarship to make international experiences more affordable for students in the college.

November 16, 2017

Capt. Kenneth R. Haas, of Oakton, Virginia, a retired United States Navy officer and a 1953 Penn State dairy science alumnus, has paid tribute to his alma mater by establishing the Haas Family Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

November 13, 2017

Long-time supporters provide two $1 million gifts creating endowed faculty scholar and entrepreneur in residence positions in the College of Agricultural Sciences' Entrepreneurship and Innovation program.

November 6, 2017

To celebrate 50 years of friendship and support their alma mater, two Penn State Ag Sciences roommates establish scholarship together.

September 25, 2017

A very active volunteer leader and philanthropic supporter of the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences and Penn State Extension, Martenas, along with his wife, Marian McKeegan Martenas, have pledged $250,000 in current and future gifts through their estate, to be divided among a new endowment, an existing endowment, a new building and an existing scholarship fund.

A rendering of the proposed Shared Fermentation Facility lab.   Image: Penn State
September 20, 2017

CSL Behring, a global specialty biotherapeutics leader, has committed $4.92 million to Penn State over the next six years to create the multidisciplinary Center of Excellence in Biotechnology, and to revitalize the Shared Fermentation Facility, an engine for collaboration and innovation in biological training and research on the University Park campus.

May 31, 2017

When it comes to global challenges, there are none more pressing to Penn State alumni Frank and Janet Glasgow Dudek than food safety and clean energy.  They are passionate about finding solutions to those challenges, and that's why they are providing $50,000 to Penn State to lead the way.

May 19, 2017

Students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences understand the importance of cultivating fields and growing crops. One group, Students for Cultivating Change, recognizes the need to grow something more — inclusion and diversity — and generous support from MeeCee Baker, a respected alumna of the college, will help advance its cause.

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.