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Philanthropy in Action

How philanthropy impacts donors and recipients

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Gifts to the College of Education make tangible differences in the lives of students and faculty. Philanthropy enables us to catalyze important advances in learning and provides the financial support our students need to realize their dream of a Penn State degree. We continue to have ambitious goals for the future and your donation is an important part of our path forward.

Below are a few examples of the myriad ways philanthropy benefits the College.


Creating a Legacy of Opportunity

Brian W. ’89 BUS, ’04 MBA and Kristine E. Laubscher ’95 LA realized the importance of early childhood education and--wanting to honor Brian's mother, an elementary school teacher--have established a trustee scholarship.

Achieving a Dream

Dana Mitchell wanted nothing more than to attend college and become a teacher like her mother, and, with the John Gilmartin Trustee Scholarship, she is fulfilling her life-long dream.

Providing a Competitive Advantage

The Summer College Opportunity Program in Education (SCOPE) provides a competitive advantage for underrepresented, low-income, and first generation students.

Investing in Faculty Leaders

Recognizing the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, Gilbert and Donna Kahn established the Kahn Professorship in Education, which has been awarded to Dr. Carla Zembal-Saul.

Supporting Innovation

With a gift of $6.5 million, Gay and Bill Krause established and continue to support the Krause Innovation Studio in the College of Education.

Honoring an Educational Tradition

Jennifer Sova '99 SEC ED supports the College of Education not only because her father attended the College, but also because of the great education and degree she received herself.