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Recent Gifts

December 16, 2010

University Park, Pa. -- Retired Penn State faculty member Dennis C. Scanlon and his wife, Janet Scanlon, of State College, have given $50,000 to the University to create a Trustee Scholarship for students in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have financial need. First preference for the scholarship, which will be named for the couple in recognition of their generosity, will be given to students majoring in Agricultural and Extension Education.

July 22, 2010

Penn State's efforts to address Colony Collapse Disorder, a nationwide phenomenon in which the adult honeybees of a hive disappear, often spelling death for the colony, will benefit from a gift of $100,000 to aid pollinator research. Honey distributor Dutch Gold Honey and William and Kitty Gamber, of Lancaster, Pa., have each contributed $50,000 to endow a fund that will support undergraduates studying entomology.

May 21, 2010

Faculty and staff in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have made financial commitments that will strengthen programs and benefit students in the college. The gifts come on the eve of the kick-off of the public phase of the University's capital campaign, For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, scheduled for the weekend of April 23-25 at University Park. "The timing of these commitments could not be better," said John Romano, volunteer chair of the faculty and staff giving component of the For the Future campaign. "They are marvelous examples of giving back by our own faculty and staff -- people who see Penn State's needs first hand -- and will surely inspire alumni and friends to participate in the campaign."

August 22, 2009

Sarah Donaldson loved Penn State. So much that after earning two degrees at the University -- a bachelor's degree in animal bioscience and a master's degree in pathobiology -- she chose to begin her career as a research cellular biologist with a job in the College of Agricultural Sciences. She was working in the field of molecular epidemiology, and engaged to be married, when a car accident cut short her life in June 2008 at the age of 28. Now, those who were closest to her have decided to honor Sarah's life by helping other students attend the University she cared so much about. Her family and friends have contributed $50,000 to endow the Sarah Christine Donaldson Memorial Trustee Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences, which will aid undergraduates who have financial need. First preference for the scholarship will go to students in animal bioscience.

March 26, 2009

The nation's largest grower of wild blueberries -- a crop that relies on honeybees for pollination -- has thrown its support behind Penn State research aimed at finding solutions to the health crisis facing the nation's honeybee colonies. Ed Flanagan, president of Wyman's of Maine, visited Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences Thursday (March 26) to present a check for $50,000 to support research on Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD, a mysterious ailment that has led to the disappearance of up to one-third of U.S. commercial honeybee hives since late 2006.

February 25, 2009

Last year, Penn State and all-natural, superpremium ice cream manufacturer Haagen-Dazs teamed up to investigate Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a mysterious ailment that has decimated honeybee colonies across the United States. This year, Haagen-Dazs has expanded that partnership with a second gift of $125,000 to support ongoing and additional research and educational programs related to honeybees.

February 12, 2009

The Arboretum at Penn State continues to develop, thanks to gifts from University alumni and friends. Among the most recent commitments is a $120,000 pledge from James and Lynn Ramage for the Arboretum's marsh meadow, part of the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens. The meadow will be named for the Ramages in recognition of their generosity. "When Lynn and I travel, we make it a point to visit various gardens and arboretums," James Ramage explained. "Penn State is one of the few land-grant universities without an arboretum, so when we heard that it was going to develop this arboretum, we were delighted. And we like the idea of giving back to the University."

February 11, 2009

Sandy Wolfinger knows without a doubt his career achievements were made possible by his Penn State education, and he wants to ensure that hard-working students receive the same opportunities. To accomplish this goal, he and his wife, Connie Wolfinger, are giving $50,000 to the University to establish the Harold H. "Sandy" Wolfinger Trustee Scholarship. The award will assist undergraduates with financial need, giving first preference to students majoring in forest science in the School of Forest Resources.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.