Dudeks' $2.5 million gift to benefit Penn State students and research

April 11, 2011

University Park, Pa. -- Several Penn State academic units will benefit as the result of a gift from the future estate of Penn State alumni Frank J. and Janet Glasgow Dudek.

The couple has committed approximately $2.5 million to create endowments in support of scholarships and fellowships, graduate and faculty research, and laboratory enhancements in the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, the Eberly College of Science, and the Institutes of Energy and the Environment. The endowments will be named for the donors in recognition of their generosity.

"We are deeply grateful to Penn State for our own start in life, and we are excited about the innovations in education and research across the University today," said Janet. "We are glad that through our estate gift, we can support progress far into the future."

The Dudeks' bequest to the College of Agricultural Sciences will support programs in the Department of Food Science, including an endowment to support graduate-student travel to present research findings at scientific conferences; a scholarship and a fellowship to provide financial support for outstanding graduate students in food science; and an endowment to provide research and program support in the department.

With the Dudeks' support, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and the Eberly College of Science will be able to purchase laboratory equipment. Earth and Mineral Sciences also will use funds to create a graduate fellowship in fuel science, as well as four undergraduate scholarships and an endowment to provide research and program support in the college.

The bequest to the Institutes of Energy and the Environment will be used to encourage cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary energy and environmental research and to engage local, state, federal and international partners in research efforts.

"The Dudeks' support will provide important resources for some of our most pioneering programs, and it also will underscore the interdisciplinary nature of research today," said University Provost Rodney Erickson. "By investing in so many different areas across Penn State, the Dudeks have demonstrated their confidence in our ability to create a University-wide community of discovery and learning."

The Dudeks met while undergraduates at Penn State. Janet Dudek received her bachelor's degree in zoology in 1969 from what is now the Eberly College of Science and in 1972 completed her master's degree in animal nutrition in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Frank Dudek received a bachelor's degree in mineral economics from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences in 1971. Both Janet and Frank went on to earn master of business administration degrees from George Washington University.
"Penn State is where our life together began, and we are glad to be able to thank the University for all that it has meant to us," said Frank. "We hope our gift will help Penn State continue to do cutting-edge research and provide financial support for promising students."

The Dudeks reside in Arlington, Va. Janet works as a private consultant to the pharmaceutical industry, and Frank is a retired American Airlines pilot.

Janet also has served on the College of Agricultural Sciences' volunteer committee for Penn State's Grand Destiny Campaign, and she is a long-time member of the college's Food Industry Group. Janet has been recognized as a member of the Armsby Honorary Society, which honors alumni and friends who have demonstrated a commitment to the college.

The Dudeks previously endowed a fund to support purchases of lab equipment for the Department of Food Science and established a scholarship for graduate students in food science.

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