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March 4, 2014

The Penn State chapter of a national agricultural honorary fraternity, Alpha Zeta, has established a scholarship endowment to support students in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have demonstrated financial need. The gift will create the Alpha Zeta Fraternity Trustee Scholarship and first preference for funds will go to students who are members of Alpha Zeta.

February 26, 2014

An alumnus of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will establish a scholarship endowment that will help students interested in animal science or veterinary research. Donald Carbaugh, of Fort Loudon, Pa., has included a $50,000 bequest in his estate plan that will be used to create the Donald E. Carbaugh Scholarship.

Les Firth (right), an alumnus who spent a long career with Penn State Extension, and his wife, Elaine, have created a new scholarship to benefit students native to northwestern Pennsylvania.
February 24, 2014

A new scholarship created by an alumnus of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and his wife will benefit students in the college with demonstrated financial need. Les and Elaine Firth, of Mercer, established the Firth Family Trustee Scholarship, with first preference going to students from the northwestern Pennsylvania counties of Crawford, Erie, Mercer and Warren.

February 24, 2014

Students in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have a demonstrated financial need are the beneficiaries of a new scholarship endowment created by a Penn State alumnus and his wife. William and Teresa Robinson, of Freeburg, created the William D. and Teresa L. Robinson Trustee Scholarship. First preference for funds will be given to students enrolled in the Poultry and Avian Science minor.

February 24, 2014

A retired Penn State faculty member and alumnus and his wife have established a new scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences, with first preference going to students majoring in Animal Science. Donald Ace, professor emeritus of dairy science, and his wife, Lelia, of State College, created the Donald and Lelia Ace Trustee Scholarship.

February 14, 2014

Donors with a long history of supporting entrepreneurship education at Penn State have established a new scholarship endowment to help students in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have a demonstrated financial need. Alumnus Earl Harbaugh and his wife, Kay, of The Villages, Fla., created the Harbaugh Family Trustee Scholarship, the first Penn State Trustee Scholarship to support students enrolled in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor.

February 14, 2014

Students majoring in Turfgrass Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences will receive first consideration for a new Trustee Scholarship established by a pair of Penn State alumni. William F. and Diane Randolph, of Powell, Ohio, created an endowment to fund the M. Forest Randolph and William F. Randolph Trustee Scholarship, which will be awarded to a student in the college with demonstrated financial need.

Potter County 4-H Leader Donnell Ayers (right) teaches John Hines, government liaison from Shell Inc., about zoonotic diseases at the 4-H booth at the 2014 Pennsylvania Farm Show.
January 8, 2014

Penn State Extension's 4-H youth development program has received a $100,000 donation from Shell Oil Company to support the growth of 4-H science programming in 11 Pennsylvania counties in 2014. John Hines, government relations representative for Shell, presented the check to 4-H'ers during a ceremony held Jan. 6 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Jay and Joyce Rush (seated) posed with award recipient, Shannon Gibbons, at the 2013 Scholarships and Awards Banquet
January 8, 2014

Students in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have a demonstrated financial need are the beneficiaries of a new scholarship endowment created by two Penn State alumni. With a $50,000 gift, Jay and Joyce Rush created the Jay V. and Joyce H. Rush Family Trustee Scholarship.

January 8, 2014

Programs that develop and encourage entrepreneurship and innovation in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will receive a boost as a result of a gift from an alumnus of the college and his wife. William and Margaret Donley, of Pittsburgh, targeted their $50,000 gift to an existing endowment that provides programmatic support for the college's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program.

November 20, 2013

With a $100,000 gift, C. Daniel and Wendy S. Azzara, of State College, Pa., established the Azzara Family Trustee Scholarship. The scholarship will benefit students in the College of Agricultural Sciences with demonstrated financial need, with first preference going to those majoring in Food Science.

November 11, 2013

With a $50,000 gift, Mary Pruss, of Washington, Pa., established the Stanley and Mary Pruss Trustee Scholarship to honor the memory of her husband, Stanley, who died in August 2012. Penn State students majoring in Agricultural and Extension Education will get first preference.

July 30, 2013

A $20,000 grant from the Nationwide Insurance Foundation will support a leadership-education program in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. The Pennsylvania Rural-Urban Leadership program, known as RULE, is a two-year leadership development initiative administered within the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education.

Tracy and Ron Hoover
July 30, 2013

A family with extensive educational connections to Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has established an endowment that will earn matching funds from the University and provide scholarship support to students in the college who have demonstrated financial need. Ronald and Tracy Hoover have created the Hoover Family Trustee Scholarship, aimed at students majoring in agricultural and extension education.

The Marsh Meadow Boardwalk at the Arboretum at Penn State, a gift of the class of 2010
July 30, 2013

Penn State recently dedicated the 2010 senior class gift, the Marsh Meadow Boardwalk, located at the Arboretum at Penn State on the University Park campus. The boardwalk provides a path to the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens over the scenic Ramage Marsh Meadow, from the sidewalk along the north side of Park Avenue. "The idea of a simple, but well-designed, path providing access to the many visitors walking into the Arboretum from campus was intriguing and seeing it built has surpassed all of our expectations," said Michael Lampariello, alumnus and overall chair of the 2010 class gift committee, at the dedication. "Working on a project of this nature and see it come to fruition has been an incredible experience."

Earl and Kay Harbaugh
July 30, 2013

A Penn State alumnus and his wife have leveraged the Pennsylvania State University Charitable Gift Fund (PSUCGF), a donor-advised fund, to enhance an entrepreneurship faculty member's efforts in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The $200,000 gift from longtime donors and volunteers Earl '61 and Kay Harbaugh will create the Harbaugh Entrepreneurship Scholar to support Dr. Mark Gagnon, whose work includes entrepreneurship research and student entrepreneurship education.

Larry R. Beuchat, distinguished research professor
March 25, 2013

A distinguished researcher in the field of food microbiology has created the first endowed professorship in Penn State’s Department of Food Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Larry Beuchat, 1965 agriculture graduate, created the Dr. Larry Beuchat Professorship in Food Microbiology with a gift of $1 million to recognize the Penn State faculty who inspired him and to encourage a new generation of researchers.

March 25, 2013

The Mid-Atlantic Alliance of Cooperatives has established two endowed scholarships to benefit students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

January 9, 2012

Thanks to two leadership gifts totaling $4 million, The Arboretum at Penn State will create and grow the Children’s Garden, an interactive place for children to learn and to explore the natural world.

October 14, 2011

Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream (Haagen Dazs) recently pledged $50,000 to create the Pollinator Research Endowment in the College of Agricultural Sciences. This endowment will support the Department of Entomology’s programs related to honey bee and native pollinator research.

October 14, 2011

Dr. James Tammen and his wife, Marilyn, are being remembered and honored with the creation of the James F. and Marilyn L. Tammen Memorial Endowment for International Plant Pathology. Continuing his passion and support of students' international experiences, colleagues, family and friends of Dr. Tammen pledged $25,000 to create the endowment.

May 19, 2011

University Park, Pa. -- Earl K. Harbaugh, 1961 alumnus of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State, and his wife, Kay L. Harbaugh, recently made the first leadership gift to the Penn State University Charitable Gift Fund (PSUGF), which will benefit the University and other charitable organizations.

April 11, 2011

University Park, Pa. -- Several Penn State academic units will benefit as the result of a gift from the future estate of Penn State alumni Frank J. and Janet Glasgow Dudek. The couple has committed approximately $2.5 million to create endowments in support of scholarships and fellowships, graduate and faculty research, and laboratory enhancements in the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, the Eberly College of Science, and the Institutes of Energy and the Environment. The endowments will be named for the donors in recognition of their generosity.