Campaign for Penn State will have major impact on local campus

With more than $1 billion raised to date, Penn State has entered the public phase of For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, with a goal that will make it the biggest fundraising effort in the University's history. President Graham Spanier recently announced that Penn State will aim to secure $2 billion by 2014 to ensure that the University can continue to offer an outstanding education to students from every economic background while benefiting the public through research and service.

"Penn State has made it possible for hundreds of thousands of individuals to sustain their families, advance their professions, and contribute to our country's strength," Spanier said at a recent campaign event.

Penn State campus locations across the Commonwealth are involved in the campaign and have established individual dollar goals within the campaign framework that reflect their most critical needs. Penn State Shenango will enter its public phase of For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students with more than $1,300,000 raised -- more than 46 percent of its total goal of $3 million.

“To continue to fulfill our mission, Penn State Shenango needs the support from its alumni and friends -- the community as a whole," said Steve Hessmann, development director at Penn State Shenango. "Every day Penn State Shenango alumni make their mark on the world, both locally and beyond. We need to continue to ensure that Penn State Shenango students can learn from the best faculty, explore their own potential for leadership and service, and make a difference in the community. Support toward the For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, will help us do that."

The campaign's top priority for the University is to increase scholarship support. While ensuring student access and opportunity through scholarship support is one of six key objectives for the overall campaign, it is one of three key campaign objectives for Penn State Shenango. The other two priorities of For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students at the Shenango campus are fostering discovery and creativity through interdisciplinary research initiatives, and sustaining the tradition of overall quality for which the University has become recognized around the world.

The three additional priorities for Penn States' overall campaign are enhancing honors education and encouraging innovation across the curriculum; enriching the experiences of students beyond the classroom and preparing them for global leadership; and building faculty strength and capacity through support for dedicated teachers and scholars at every stage of their careers.

"Today’s students are tomorrow's future," said Penn State Shenango campaign chairman Sam Bernstine. “The first two years of my Penn State college experience were at the Shenango campus before I moved on to University Park. The philanthropic support I received from others enabled me to obtain my degree. I wish to offer a warm and cordial challenge to each and every one of you out there. Please join me by giving back to Penn State Shenango in order to ensure that today's dreams are tomorrow’s reality for our students!"

The launch of For the Future marks Penn State's third capital campaign since The Campaign for Penn State began in 1984. That effort raised $352 million over six years to support a variety of academic initiatives. The Grand Destiny campaign, from 1996 to 2003, raised $1.37 billion and emphasized gifts for endowment of scholarships, professorships and programs, along with matching gifts for selected bricks-and-mortar projects. This last campaign helped transform the Shenango campus with the development of the Pedestrian Mall area, including the Lartz Memorial Library and McDowell Hall which houses the campus bookstore, learning center and conference room, and the establishment of numerous new scholarships.

"Penn State’s alumni and friends have recognized that the destiny of the University is in their hands," said Spanier. "Through For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, our supporters will help us to affirm our role as the most comprehensive, student-centered research university in America."

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Last Updated June 03, 2010