Posted: May 6, 2016

Thomas and Sandra Spring, of Home, Pa., have given $500,000 in appreciated securities to endow the Thomas and Sandra Spring Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

First preference for funds will go to students who are graduates of Marion Center High School. Students graduating from any other public high school in Indiana County also may be considered.

The Springs explained that the scholarship fund is in memory of their two sons, Tom Jr. and John, who were in the graduation classes at Marion Center High School in 1978 and 1979.

"This scholarship could provide the financial support that makes a Penn State degree possible for some Indiana County students, and we are delighted that the Springs have chosen to make a gift that will help young people achieve their educational and career goals in the agricultural sciences," said Tracy Hoover, associate dean for undergraduate education.

A native of Danville, Tom Spring is a 1958 alumnus of the College of Agricultural Sciences with a bachelor's degree in agricultural education. After graduation, he taught agriculture for two years and worked for Agway before joining W.H. Johns trucking company. Before retiring from the company as terminal manager, he oversaw a territory stretching from Pennsylvania to Michigan.

In retirement, he serves as treasurer of the Indiana County Municipal Services Authority and is active in the local Lions Club.

Sandra "Sonnie" Spring grew up in Meadville and graduated from Meadville Area High School. She retired after a 41-year career in customer service with Musser Forests Inc., a family-owned mail-order firm that ships nursery stock to U.S. and Canadian customers.

--Chuck Gill