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2007

Students Inspire Alumnus to Donate Additional $100,00 to Fund
November 15, 2007
When Penn State alumnus George L. Settlemyer, of Port Royal, created a fund in 2005 to help students in the College of Agricultural Sciences pursue international study, he didn't realize at the time what an impact the students would have on him. By expressing their gratitude through letters, postcards and photos sent from around the world, the students benefiting from the fund inspired Settlemyer to contribute an additional $100,000 to the endowment.
Casidas Give $100,000 to Endow Two Scholarships at Penn State
October 30, 2007
Earl Casida, Penn State professor emeritus of microbiology, and his wife, Veronica, of State College, have given $100,000 to establish two scholarships in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The L. Earl and Veronica Casida Scholarship will benefit undergraduates who have outstanding academic achievement or promise. First preference will be given to students majoring in plant pathology. The L. Earl and Veronica Casida Graduate Scholarship in Plant Pathology will benefit academically outstanding graduate students.
PA Farm Bureau Donates $40,000 to the Pasto Agricultural Museum
September 14, 2007
Penn State’s Pasto Agricultural Museum will benefit from a $40,000 gift by the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau to the museum’s enhancement fund. The statewide farm organization’s pledge will support the expansion of the museum building at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, nine miles southwest of State College on Route 45.
Gifts Fron Pasto Ag Museum Namesake Top $750,000
August 15, 2007
A recent gift of $177,000 to Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum from museum namesake Jerome "Jerry" Pasto of State College has brought his philanthropy to the museum to approximately $740,000, and his total giving to the University to nearly $750,000. Pasto designated his newest gift to the museum's endowment, which provides program support for operations. Pasto, associate dean emeritus and professor emeritus of agricultural economics in the College of Agricultural Sciences, was volunteer curator of the Pasto Agricultural Museum from 1978 to 1998.
Trustee Scholarships Benefit Animal Science Students
May 23, 2007
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has received $100,000 to establish two Trustee Scholarships that will give first preference to undergraduate students majoring in animal sciences. Friends and family of Henry and Dona Bergfeld, of Summitville, Ohio, have pledged $50,000 to endow the Henry L. and Dona A. Bergfeld Trustee Scholarship. Larry Hilgendorf has pledged $50,000 to establish the Larry E. Hilgendorf and J. Edgar Hilgendorf Trustee Scholarship, in memory of his father.
Penn State FAculty Couple Commits $100,000 for Ag Sciences Scholarships
April 3, 2007
Students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will benefit from two new scholarships created by Paul Wangsness, senior associate dean of the College, and his wife, Sally Wangsness, former director of the University's School of Nursing. The State College couple has given $50,000 to establish the Wangsness Family Trustee Scholarship, which will assist students who have financial need. In addition, they have committed $50,000 as part of their estate plans to fund the Paul J. and Sally I. Wangsness Scholarship in Animal Sciences, with preference given to students who have both financial need and excellent academic achievement.
Mincemoyer Ag Sciences Trustee Scholarship Brings Family's Philanthropy to More Than $200,000
February 2, 2007
A gift of $50,000 from Boalsburg resident Betty Jane Mincemoyer to create the Fern and Nora Kauffman and Ruth and Lee Mincemoyer Trustee Scholarship is the latest in a legacy of family philanthropy to Penn State. The scholarship, named for Betty Jane's parents and those of her late husband, former University Professor Donald Mincemoyer, will benefit undergraduates in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Altogether, the family has made gifts totaling about $209,000 to support the Penn State programs important to them.
Kemps Endow Penn State Greater Allegheny and College of Ag Sciences Scholarships
January 25, 2007
Penn State alumni George R. and Ann E. Kemp of White Oak have pledged $100,000 to create two undergraduate scholarships at the University. The Wallace and Zelda Bland and Kemp Family Trustee Scholarship will support students at Penn State Greater Allegheny (formerly McKeesport) who have financial need. The George R. and Ann E. Kemp Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences will support academically promising undergraduates, with first preference given to students college-wide who were home-schooled. If none are eligible, preference will be given to students in the School of Forest Resources.