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2008

Morgan Family Foundation Funds Research in Bio-Energy
December 3, 2008
The Morgan Family Foundation, of Los Altos, Cal., has committed $270,000 over the next two years to fund research at the Biomass Energy Center in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. The Biomass Energy Center coordinates and facilitates bioenergy research and outreach across the University, building teams to address the complete value chain of biomass energy systems. Biomass energy or "bioenergy" refers to the use of organic materials to generate electricity, produce biofuel, or create products normally made through nonorganic methods. The foundation's gift supports a project that will partner Penn State with Dartmouth College, Iowa State University, and the environmental stewardship organization, Sustainable Conservation.
Whiting Center Created Indigenous Knowledge Endowment at Penn State
November 25, 2008
Penn State has received $50,000 from the Marjorie Grant Whiting Center for Humanity, Arts and the Environment to support indigenous knowledge studies and activities. The gift will create the Marjorie Grant Whiting Endowment for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledge. The University is part of a global network of more than 20 indigenous knowledge resource centers and is the only center currently active in the United States.
Days Commit $1 Million to Arboretum at Penn State
October 23, 2008
Plans long in the making for a children's garden at the Arboretum at Penn State may be realized sooner than anticipated, thanks to a $1 million endowed gift from State College native Marcia Udine Day and her late husband, Robert J. Day, to support Arboretum programs related to the special interests of children and youth.
Reddys Create Agricultural Sciences Trustee Scholarship
October 7, 2008
Through their longtime personal and professional involvement with Penn State, C. Channa and Usharani Reddy have seen firsthand the need for student financial support. Most recently, the Penn State distinguished professor and head of the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences and his wife have given $50,000 to the College of Agricultural Sciences to endow a scholarship to assist undergraduates who have financial need. The award, named for the donors in honor of their generosity, gives first preference to students majoring in toxicology in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.
Turfgrass Students Benefit From Toro's Financial and Product Support
September 16, 2008
Penn State's turfgrass science program has received a $40,000 grant from The Toro Co. to support student activities, along with product donations that include an aerator and other Toro equipment valued at about $25,000. Toro's cash grant will help give student teams the opportunity to travel and compete in two major turfgrass events. The new aerator will be used for demonstration and instructional purposes.
Harbaughs Give $250,00 to Create Entrepreneurship Lecture Forum
August 28, 2008
Penn State alumnus and fund-raising volunteer Earl K. Harbaugh and his wife, Kay Harbaugh, have given $250,000 to create the Harbaugh Endowment for Entrepreneurship in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The endowment will fund the Harbaugh Entrepreneurship Forum, which will bring successful entrepreneur leaders to the University to meet with students and faculty and to participate in a biannual lecture series focusing on current and future opportunities for national and international economic investment and growth in the food and fiber business sector.
Young Alumnus Gives Back to Honor Grandfather
July 29, 2008
Many Penn State alumni, after years of establishing themselves in their careers and their lives, give back to help young students with their college costs. Benjamin Cordivano has given back, but with a difference: At age 24, he has endowed a student award, only two years after graduating from the University.
New Scholarship Honors Forest Resources Director Strauss
July 22, 2008
A new Trustee Scholarship to assist students in Penn State's School of Forest Resources will honor the school's retiring director, Charles H. Strauss. Patricia Kocjancic, of Kane, and her family have committed $50,000 to endow the award. "Our family has been connected with the forestry industry for many years, and Chuck Strauss has earned our admiration and respect," Kocjancic said. "We decided to establish this scholarship as a way of honoring him and, at the same time, helping to make sure that students who want to make forestry their career have the means to do so."
Trustee's Gifts to Benefit PA 4-H Students, Rural Leadership Programs
May 19, 2008
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and Penn State Outreach programs will benefit from $550,000 in gift commitments made by University trustee and agribusiness leader Keith W. Eckel. Eckel has given $50,000 to establish the Eckel Family Trustee Scholarship, which will support undergraduate students in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have financial need. First preference will be given to students who are present or past members of Pennsylvania 4-H, a youth development program of Penn State Cooperative Extension. In addition, Eckel plans to endow Penn State Outreach programs in rural leadership and 4-H leadership with an estate gift of $500,000.
Underhills Endow Agricultural Sciences Turstee Scholarship
March 3, 2008
A Penn State alumni couple, Lowell T. and Lois B. Underhill, of Wilmington, Del., have given $71,000 to endow a Trustee Scholarship to benefit undergraduates enrolled in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have financial need.
Haagen-Daz Gift to Support Penn State Honeybee Research
February 19, 2008
As the pollination season approaches in Pennsylvania and the Northeast, scientists at Penn State and elsewhere continue to seek answers to the decline of the nation's honeybees and other pollinators, which are critical to the production of $15 billion worth of crops in the United States. To assist in this effort, a major ice cream brand has stepped up to support honeybee research and education in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.