New Trustee Matching Scholarship to benefit turfgrass majors
February 20, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Students majoring in Turfgrass Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences will receive first consideration for a new Trustee Scholarship established by a pair of Penn State alumni.
With a gift of $50,000, William F. and Diane Randolph, of Powell, Ohio, created an endowment to fund the M. Forest Randolph and William F. Randolph Trustee Scholarship, which will be awarded to a student in the college with demonstrated financial need.
The Trustee Matching Scholarship Program maximizes the impact of private giving while directing funds to students as quickly as possible, meeting the urgent need for scholarship support. For Trustee Scholarships created through the end of For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students on June 30, 2014, Penn State will provide an annual 10 percent match of the total pledge or gift.
Student Stories: Horticulture major interns with international corporation
January 7, 2014
Sean Fitzsimmons was one of the lucky 13 chosen from around the country to work as an intern at Ball Horticultural Co. in 2012.
The fifth-year Penn State horticulture student was thrilled to land the position at the huge international corporation's North American plant in Chicago.
"Ball is one of the biggest names in horticulture," the Frankfort, Ill., native said. "I couldn't pass up the opportunity to work with them."
The main project Fitzsimmons worked on was comparing unreleased varieties of vegetables and flowers developed by Ball to those of existing and new varieties from the company's competitors.
October 8, 2013
The team working in Penn State's Root Lab, led by Jonathan Lynch, professor of plant nutrition, is studying what the rest of us don't see--the work going on underneath the ground that enables the growth of healthier crops.
Jonathan Lynch is a professor of plant nutrition in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. His research focuses on plant root architecture, and how the study of plant roots can increase crop yields and improve global food security. Lynch conducts research on five continents, where he uses computer simulations to study root characteristics.