Scholarship to Smooth the Way

Graduate with the Nittany Lion (photo by Jason Jones)Retired school teacher Janet Scanlon remembers working harder because someone cared enough to help her out when she was a student. Now, she and her husband, Dennis Scanlon, have created a scholarship to help financially struggling agricultural education students.

The Scanlons donated $50,000 to create the Scanlon Trustee Scholarship for students in the College of Agricultural Sciences with financial need. First preference will be given to students majoring in Dennis Scanlon’s field of agricultural and extension education.

Dennis Scanlon earned his Penn State bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture in 1967 and 1971, and a doctorate from Ohio State University in 1979. He retired in 2008 following a 28-year career as an agriculture and extension education professor, and in 2006 received the Excellence in Academic Advising Award from the college’s alumni society, recognizing outstanding academic advising, career planning, and personal counseling service to students.

“We have a good, strong agricultural education program in the state,” says Professor Scanlon. “I want to keep that going.”

Janet Scanlon, who earned a Penn State bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1966 and a doctoral degree in health and human development in 1990, retired in 2006 after 6 years of teaching and 12 years as principal in the State College School District.

Receiving help as a student “gave me a sense of commitment to follow through,” says Janet Scanlon. “I hope it gives the students we help the same feeling.”