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College of Ag Sciences scholarships, programs to benefit from gifts

Posted: July 8, 2011

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

-- Mario W. D’Alessio Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

 

The “Mario W. D’Alessio Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences” was established by M. Walter D’Alessio Jr., a 1956 graduate of Penn State with a bachelor's degree in Agriculture, in memory of his father Mario, an Agriculture graduate from the class of 1927. This scholarship will provide recognition and financial assistance to outstanding undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

 

-- Lyle A. Williams Memorial Trustee Scholarship.

 

The “Lyle A. Williams Memorial Trustee Scholarship” recently was created by Linda R. Williams in honor of her late husband, Lyle Alvin Williams. Lyle graduated from Penn State in 1965 with a degree in Agricultural Sciences, specializing in Animal Industry. Upon graduation, Lyle joined the U.S. Navy as an executive officer and served on several vessels. His professional career spanned 30 years in the aluminum industry, until his retirement in 2009. Lyle was a loyal Penn Stater. This scholarship will provide financial assistance to undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have a demonstrated need for funds to meet necessary college expenses.

 

-- William G. Zewan Trustee Scholarship.

 

Brothers Alan and W. Dean Zewan created the “William G. Zewan Trustee Scholarship” in honor of their father, William G. Zewan. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have a demonstrated need for funds to meet necessary college expenses. William G. Zewan, a 1941 Penn State graduate with a bachelor's degree in Poultry Science, was a recipient of the Penn State Alumni Association’s Pioneer Medallion.

 

-- Elsie and Philip Keeney Endowment for International Programs in Food Science.

 

Established through a gift from Dr. Philip G. Keeney, Penn State professor emeritus of food science, and his late wife, Elsie, the Elsie and Philip Keeney Endowment for International Programs in Food Science will provide support to enhance the international study activities of the Department of Food Science. Additional contributions may be made by individuals or organizations who wish to honor the Keeneys. Dr. Keeney received his doctorate from Penn State in 1955, when he joined the College of Agricultural Sciences faculty and became the director of the famed Penn State Ice Cream Short Course. He retired in 1985, and he was named a Distinguished Alumnus, the University’s highest honor for its graduates, in 1998.