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2016

Endowment to support Dauphin County 4-H
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.
J. Clair Graybill Scholarship to be an investment in the future of agriculture
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.
Gift to Penn State Extension to memorialize donors' niece
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 honored as Penn State’s Fundraising Volunteers of the Year
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.
Alumnus gift to support Penn State students from Juniata County
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.
Donation to benefit College of Agricultural Sciences research endowment
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.
Department head gift for plant pathology, environmental microbiology endowment
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.
Private gift makes Penn State's wood collection one of world's largest
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.
Gift to support farm safety professorship in the College of Ag Sciences
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.
Thirty years of research supports cacao farmers, chocolate industry
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.
College of Ag Sciences Alumni Society grows endowment for student scholarships
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.
Scholarship in memory of beloved veterinarian to benefit pre-vet students
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.
Alumnus' gifts to support 4-H programs in Centre, Columbia counties
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.
College of Ag Sciences students from Indiana County to benefit from scholarship
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.
Gift from alumnus will support student activities in the College of Ag Sciences
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.
Dowler family creates scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences
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 Cutter receives Nesbitt Faculty Development Award
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.
Industry donation of graduate housing bolsters Penn State fruit research
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.