Ag cooperative trade organization creates two Penn State scholarships

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Mid-Atlantic Alliance of Cooperatives has established two endowed scholarships to benefit students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

The Hal Doran Scholarship will provide financial support and recognition to an incoming freshman with demonstrated need who shows promise of outstanding academic success; who has an immediate family member who is a member of a cooperative; and who has demonstrated leadership through involvement in community organizations.

The Mid-Atlantic Alliance of Cooperatives Scholarship will provide financial support and recognition to a student with demonstrated need who is enrolled in the College of Agricultural Sciences; who shows promise of outstanding academic success; who has completed an internship with a cooperative; and who has demonstrated leadership through involvement in community organizations.

"Education is the foundation for strong agriculture and strong cooperatives," said Gary Heckman, president of the alliance. "The Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Cooperatives believes that to positively influence agriculture in the future, we have to invest in education of our youth, and we are pleased to do so through these scholarships."

The Hal Doran Scholarship is named in memory of Harold F. (Hal) Doran, who had a long, distinguished career working for cooperatives and teaching cooperative business principles.

After earning a bachelor's degree in agricultural education in 1942 and a master's degree in agricultural economics in 1948, both from Penn State, Doran worked for Eastern States Farmers Exchange and Agway. In 1966, he became director of the Cooperative Business Education program at Penn State, retiring in 1991. He died in 2009.

"By establishing these scholarships for students, the Mid-Atlantic Alliance of Cooperatives continues its commitment to education and to strengthening cooperatives," said Tammy Perkins, the alliance's executive director. "In addition, given Hal Doran's deep level of commitment to cooperatives and cooperative education, the Doran Scholarship can provide a legacy that reminds us all of his dedication."

The gifts will help the College of Agricultural Sciences to achieve the goals of For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students. This University-wide effort is directed toward a shared vision of Penn State as the most comprehensive, student-centered research university in America.

The University is engaging Penn State's alumni and friends as partners in achieving six key objectives: ensuring student access and opportunity, enhancing honors education, enriching the student experience, building faculty strength and capacity, fostering discovery and creativity, and sustaining the University's tradition of quality. The campaign's top priority is keeping a Penn State degree affordable for students and families. The For the Future campaign is the most ambitious effort of its kind in Penn State's history, with the goal of securing $2 billion by 2014.

More information about scholarships in the College of Agricultural Sciences is available online at http://agsci.psu.edu/students/scholarships.

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Last Updated February 25, 2013