Posted: April 1, 2021

Deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 21, at 5 pm. The winner will be honored by the Ag Alumni Society.

The Coaly Society is currently accepting applications for this year's College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Senior Award. This award is based on:

  • academic achievement
  • extracurricular activities
  • work experiences
  • contributions to Penn State and to the College of Agricultural Sciences

All applicants must be enrolled in a major offered by the College of Agricultural Sciences and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20. Applications are available by emailing contest chairs Hailey Mattice at or Thomas Gabel at You may also obtain an application from Debbie Heeman by emailing her at The deadline to return completed applications to Debbie Heeman via email only is at 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

Applicants must submit:

  • a one or two page (maximum) resume outlining their educational, extracurricular, and employment experiences and honors/awards
  • answers to three questions
  • signed transcript release form

A selection committee comprised of three industry and academic professionals will select finalists to be interviewed. The interviews are tentatively scheduled for Monday, April 26, 2021, by Zoom; this date may change slightly depending on availability of the judges. This year's recipient will be named based on both application materials and the personal interview. The College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society sponsors this award and formally honors the winner with the cooperation of Coaly Society. If you have questions, please email contest chairs Hailey Mattice at or Thomas Gabel at

Please note that the Office for Undergraduate Education in 101 Ag Admin is closed for the Spring semester therefore all applications/correspondence are through email only.