Wendell and Carol Hunt endow scholarship in College of Ag Sciences

October 19, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will benefit from a new scholarship created by a gift from alumnus Wendell Hunt and his wife, Carol, of Waymart, Pa. They have committed $50,000 to endow the Wendell and Carol Hunt Trustee Scholarship, which will assist students who have financial need.
The Hunts said they created this scholarship in hopes of contributing to Penn State's history of developing solutions through research and educating future agriculturists.
Wendell Hunt earned a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Education in 1959. He said he was inspired to attend Penn State when he visited the campus for 4-H Club Week as a 10-year-old farm boy in 1947. He knew, from that moment, that Penn State was his first choice.
After graduating from Penn State, Hunt received his master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974. His career was built on agriculture, although eventually he changed careers to work in health care management. Hunt retired from active employment and went on to become a self-employed health care consultant and adjunct faculty member at a local college.
The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students enrolled in or planning to enroll in the College of Agricultural Sciences at the University Park campus who have a demonstrated need for funds to meet their necessary college expenses.
Hunt said he was motivated to establish the scholarship because he believes the future surely will require agriculture to change and become productive in ways we probably cannot envision in 2012.

"The world's growing population will require greater and sustainable agricultural outputs," he said. "My wife and I support helping young men and women as they begin their life's journey toward contributing to a high quality of life for themselves and society."
The University will make annual additions to the spending account for this scholarship equal to 5 percent of the initial principal. The University also will match at 5 percent any additional contributions made to this fund as long as institutional funds are available and dedicated to this purpose.
The Hunts have two children, both of whom are Penn State alumni.


Last Updated October 19, 2012