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College of Ag Sciences scholarships, programs to benefit from gifts

Posted: February 18, 2011

Several recent gifts will create new scholarships and enhance programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

A gift from Miriam M. Forney established the "Charles B. and Miriam M. Forney Family Trustee Scholarship." Miriam Forney, a 1945 alumna from the College of Health and Human Development, created this scholarship in memory of her husband, Charles B. Forney, who graduated from the College of Agricultural Sciences in 1949. The scholarship will provide financial assistance to undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in the college who have a demonstrated need for funds to meet their necessary college expenses.

Albert and Ellen Jarrett pledged $50,000 to create the "Albert and Ellen Jarrett Scholarship for Biological Engineering Students." This scholarship will provide recognition and financial assistance to outstanding undergraduates majoring in the Natural Resources Engineering option of the Biological Engineering major. Albert Jarrett, professor of agricultural engineering, earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Penn State in 1968, 1970 and 1975, respectively. His dedication to students was recognized in 2003 when he received the Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching.

The Pennsylvania Poultry Industry Research Check-Off for Egg and Broiler Programs committed $25,000 to create the "Pennsylvania Poultry Industry Fund for Poultry Science 4-H Program Support." This endowment will provide the Department of Poultry Science with support to enhance state 4-H youth poultry programs and to help defray travel costs for Pennsylvania youth to compete annually at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference.

Robert and Nancy Beelman created the "Robert and Nancy Beelman Program Support Endowment for Plant and Mushroom Foods for Health." The endowment will provide support for faculty or programs in the Department of Food Science related to plant and mushroom products. Robert Beelman, professor emeritus of food science, recently retired after 40 years of service. His research has focused on cultural, postharvest and minimal-processing practices to improve quality and safety of fruit, vegetable and mushroom products; development of methods to control malolactic fermentation in winemaking; and evaluation of bioactive components from mushrooms and their impact on human health and use in the development of functional foods.

Dennis S. and Jimmie H. Findley pledged $25,000 to create the "Dennis and Jimmie Findley Program Support Endowment for Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology." Having spent the bulk of his career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Dennis Findley, a 1958 graduate in Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, saw firsthand the importance of students gaining exposure and insight into industry prior to graduating from college. With that idea in mind, Dennis and Jimmie created their endowment to assist with travel expenses for students in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology to attend professional conferences.