Alumnus to create two scholarships, enhance two others

University Park, Pa. -- Edward Mattil, a Penn State alumnus and former administrator in the University's Department of Art Education, has made provisions in his estate to provide $175,000 to create two scholarships: the Edward and Betty Mattil Scholarship in Education, and the Edward and Betty Mattil Scholarship in the College of Arts and Architecture. Ed's legacy also will augment two Renaissance Scholarships previously established in his and Betty's names.

The College of Education scholarship will benefit full-time graduate students with superior academic records or those who manifest promise of outstanding academic success. The College of Arts and Architecture scholarship will recognize and support outstanding full-time graduate students, as well.

Edward Mattil has enjoyed successful careers in academia and graphic design. He was a department head at Penn State before moving on to the University of Minnesota, then ultimately to University of North Texas, where he served as chairman of the art department.

Upon retirement, the couple returned to State College, where Edward's family had moved when he was 13 after his older brother received a $50 scholarship to attend Penn State. That scholarship made it possible for his brother to be the first person in the Mattil family to attend college, and according to Edward, it completely changed their lives. Edward himself received three degrees from Penn State: a bachelor's in education in 1940, a master's in fine art six years later, and finally an Ed.D. in art education.

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Last Updated November 18, 2010