Gifts create two new scholarships in the College of Ag Sciences

Posted: April 18, 2012

Undergraduate and graduate students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will receive financial support as the result of two new scholarships made possible by the generosity of donors.

--Francena L. Miller and Michael F. Nolan Graduate Scholarship in Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology

This scholarship will provide recognition and financial assistance to outstanding graduate students pursuing a degree offered by the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, with first preference going to students majoring in Rural Sociology.

Paul A. Miller, of Montrose, Colo., provided the initial $100,000 principal for the endowment in memory of his late wife, Penn State alumna Francena Miller, and in honor of her son, Michael Nolan, also a Penn State graduate.

Francena Miller earned her doctorate from the university in 1954, before joining the faculty in Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, where she remained until 1961. She subsequently served as dean of home economics at West Virginia University and at the University of Connecticut. She also was general director of the American Association of University Women and a faculty member at Queens College in Charlotte, N.C., and at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y.

Nolan earned three degrees at Penn State, culminating in his doctorate in 1970. In 1971, he joined the Department of Rural Sociology at the University of Missouri, serving 40 years as a faculty member and administrator. He played a major role in that university's international agricultural development activities, including major projects in Kenya, Tunisia and Liberia. In 2011, Nolan was named a College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Alumnus.
--York Ag Products, W. Dale Anderson Memorial Trustee Scholarship

Established by a gift of $50,000 from York Ag Products Inc. and its owners, Thomas M. Labutta and J. Richard Roenigk, this scholarship will provide financial assistance to undergraduate students in the College of Agricultural Sciences with demonstrated need. The endowment was created in memory of York Ag Products co-founder, W. Dale Anderson, a 1936 Penn State graduate, in honor of his lifelong commitment to agriculture.

Labutta is a 1977 Penn State alumnus in Animal Science, and Roenigk graduated from Penn State in 1971 with a degree in Agricultural Economics. Both are active with the Penn State Ag Council, an industry group that advises the college on research, extension and educational programming needs.

As part of the Trustee Matching Scholarship Program, the university will provide a 5 percent match to the initial pledge and to additional contributions to the fund.