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Philanthropy in Action

Stories about donations to the College and their impact.

Retired teachers Edward Legutko, left, and Harry Kropp ('63, B.A.; '65, M.A.) have supported the College of Education for the past 13 years and recently created a named scholarship to honor students who have excelled in their student teaching.Higher education today presents more opportunities for learning, innovation and experience than ever before. In an age of declining public support and rising costs, private philanthropy is essential for sustaining the quality of a Penn State education and for making its benefits available to all. Opportunities to give include support of scholarships, student life, faculty, and research, among other areas.

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.

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College of Education has new scholarship in memory of George Floyd The George P. Floyd Memorial Scholarship in the College of Education, an annually funded scholarship, will be awarded for at least the next five years to full-time undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in the College of Education who have a demonstrated financial need and whose gender, race, ethnic, cultural and/or national background contribute to the diversity of the student body.
Alumni instrumental in shaping who We Were, who We Are, who We Will Be If students are the lifeblood of a university, alumni are the heart that keeps the lifeblood flowing.
Ways to help The COVID-19 physical distancing restrictions that forced the move mid-semester from in-person to remote learning have had ripple effects on our College of Education community, and many people are looking for ways to help others.
College welcomes new director of Development and Alumni Relations After a national search, Steve Wilson has been named the new director of Development and Alumni Relations for the College of Education.
Longtime friends of the college fund new scholarship, honor assistant dean Longtime friends of the Penn State College of Education, John and Maryann Gilmartin, have committed $600,000 to the college. The gift will endow a $500,000 Open Doors Scholarship and establish the $100,000 María J. Schmidt Endowed Program Fund, named for the current assistant dean for multicultural programs in the College of Education.
New endowments, scholarships and awards Several endowments, scholarships and awards were created recently in the College of Education. For information on how to make a gift, call 814-863-2146.
Penn State raises a record-setting $362.9 million during 2017-18 fiscal year Through a campaign focused on Penn State’s impact on the lives of students and in the larger world, Penn State has achieved the strongest fundraising results in its history during the just-concluded fiscal year.
Mother’s dedication to education inspired son to add to scholarship It took Joe Niebel’s mother, Doris, nearly nine years attending part-time to complete her elementary education degree from Penn State, and her family is honoring her full-time determination and dedication to teaching by enhancing an estate gift she initiated in 2000.
Early activation of estate gifts lets donors see the effects of their gift Eric and Paula Taylor and Bob and Donna Nicely have all been longtime supporters of the Penn State College of Education. But it wasn’t until they chose to early-activate their pledged estate gifts that both couples got to see first-hand the effects of their generosity.
Grateful alumnus uses estate gift to help struggling doctoral students Richard Dorman remembers his days as a financially frugal graduate student and he’d like future doctoral candidates at Penn State to have memories a bit more pleasant.
Recent graduate honors those who helped him by giving back to causes dear to his heart As a recent College of Education graduate and new member of the Golden Lion Society, Ramon Guzman describes giving as the next chapter in his love story with Penn State
College and donors both able to reap benefits from structured estate gifts Penn State means the world to many alumni. Giving back to the institution that gave them not only a degree, but also many cherished memories, can mean even more because of the personal satisfaction that comes from making an investment in education.
#GivingTuesday event to raise funds for student scholarships In an effort to help as many students as possible participate in valuable educational experiences, the College of Education’s participation in #GivingTuesday this year will target the College’s general scholarship fund, which is used to help students who need financial assistance to be able to participate in these impactful, out-of-classroom experiences.
In their own words David and Pamela Monk explain how important storytelling is to them.
Pam Monk has long history of involvement Pamela Monk joined the faculty at Penn State in the fall of 1999 after 25 years in public education, where she taught writing and general science.
Monks commit $1.5 million to the College of Education College of Education Dean David H. Monk and his wife, Pam, assistant teaching professor of journalism in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, are supporting efforts by the greater Penn State community to learn more about the power of the story and its role in today’s world through a $1.5 million estate gift commitment.
Leonhard legacy includes generous support of language and literacy in College of Education Even as a child, Jeanne Leonhard recognized the importance of proficiency in language and literacy, and she’s made it a priority throughout her life.
State-of-the-art classrooms to reflect new techniques of teaching science It’s not so much what the new science wing in the College of Education will look like that appeals to Scott McDonald, it’s more of the possibility that prospective students will take another look at the value of being a science education major.
Longtime donors give $100,000 to endow RHS graduate program Alumnus Ralph Pacinelli and his wife Patricia have contributed financial support to the College of Education for 34 consecutive years. This year, their gift includes the establishment of the Ralph N. and Patricia P. Pacinelli Graduate Award, a $100,000 endowment that will fund an annual award that will be given to one or more graduate students in the College of Education who intend to work in federal, state or local agencies and community rehabilitation programs.
Alumna endows scholarship for education student who also is part of the Blue Band Sometimes, when you follow your dreams and do what you love, good things happen. That certainly has been the case for Ashley McCoach, a junior studying elementary and early childhood education in the pre-K to 4 option.
Giving Tuesday goal to give student a global experience This year, the College of Education is raising money to fully fund at least one student to participate in the Teaching ESL Certificate Program with an Ecuador Immersion Experience.
Unique program helps Penn State students become citizens of the world as they teach English in Ecuador Associate Professor Elizabeth Smolcic heads up the College’s Teaching English as a Second Language program, complete with a five-week immersion trip to Ecuador.
Evensen-Lions in Recovery Scholarship Award supports students in recovery A new endowed scholarship will focus on supporting Penn State’s Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC). The Evensen-Lions in Recovery Scholarship Award was established by Dorie Evensen, professor emerita of education and 25-year member of the Penn State College of Education faculty, who retired June 30.
Education student receives scholarship from LGBTQA Student Resource Center David Falk, a students studying secondary mathematics education, is one of five Penn State students to receive a scholarship from the LGBTQA Student Resource Center.
Holders' $1.2M donation funds educational resources, education scholarship John and Barbara Holder, 1965 alumni of Penn State’s College of Education, have made a $1.2 million estate commitment to be shared equally between the University Libraries and the College of Education. Half of the funds will endow an educational resources collection, and the other half will support an undergraduate scholarship for education majors.
Student group endows award Students involved in the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association are used to helping others. Now, their efforts will benefit one of their own, as the group has raised enough money to endow its own award.
Long-term donors leave lasting impact on College of Education When Harry Kropp and Edward Legutko first donated to the College of Education 13 years ago, they never dreamed they would someday be able to create a named scholarship like their new award for student teaching.
Participation in #GivingTuesday movement to benefit CEDAR Clinic The College of Education is partnering with the Office of Annual Giving for #GivingTuesday and has chosen CEDAR Clinic as its beneficiary with hopes to spread awareness and raise funds for student mental health.
Gift creates unique endowed professorship The College of Education has a new endowed professorship that will benefit two departments within the college, thanks to a generous gift from Wayne K. and Anita Woolfolk Hoy.
S.C.O.P.E. program helps prospective students put Penn State in focus The success of Penn State’s Summer College Opportunity Program in Education (S.C.O.P.E.) is tied directly to the program’s organizers within the College of Education’s Office of Multicultural Programs, along with donors, instructors, tutors and counselors.
Krause family to make vision of new learning space a reality The College of Education once again has become the beneficiary of a family whose philanthropy is literally changing the way students are taught at Penn State and beyond. Gay and Bill Krause, whose $6.5 million gift created the existing Krause Innovation Studio, have pledged an additional $1 million to support the creation of an innovative teaching and learning space that will expand the scale and scope of the work being done in the current studio.
Honoring an Educational Tradition Annual giving to the College of Education
Competitive Advantage Summer College Opportunity Program in Education
Creating a Legacy Barbara Golden Laubscher Trustee Scholarship
Achieving a Dream Dana Mitchell receives John Gilmartin Trustee Scholarship
Supporting Innovation Krause Innovation Studio gift

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