Education's Dean's Development Council co-chairs endow scholarship

April 17, 2009

Penn State alumni Susan and Mark Breedlove have created the Sue Mann Breedlove and Mark Breedlove Trustee Scholarship in Education with a commitment of $50,000 to support students who have financial need.

“Mark and Sue have given whole-heartedly of their time and talent in leading the Dean’s Development Council and this scholarship is another wonderful example of their deep commitment to education,” said Dean of the College of Education David Monk. “We are grateful for their support and for their willingness to be an integral part of the college’s future.”

Sue Breedlove, a 1977 graduate of the college, taught special education for three years and then stayed home to raise the couple’s three daughters, who now are all married. She is president of North Hills Newcomers and Friends and a board member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Association. 

Mark Breedlove, a 1978 graduate of Penn State's Smeal College of Business, is president and CEO of Keystone Profiles, a cold-finished steel bar business in Beaver Falls. He is on the executive board of the Beaver County Educational Trust and the Greater Pittsburgh Council of the Boy Scouts. He received his MBA from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.  

Having moved 11 times as a family as Mark pursued his career interests, the couple now make their home north of Pittsburgh.  Together they serve as volunteer co-chairs of the Dean’s Development Council for the College of Education, in support of the University's capital campaign, For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students.

In discussing why they volunteer for Penn State and why they made their major gift commitment, Sue said, “We are so impressed by the vision and international stature that Dean Monk brings to his role.  And, the great work done by the college’s faculty, staff and students is both impressive and inspiring at so many levels.  We are proud to be associated with the college.  By making this gift, we hope to assure that there will always be a place for worthy students at the College of Education.”

The Trustee Matching Scholarship Program, implemented in 2002 upon approval by the University’s Board of Trustees, is designed to keep a Penn State education accessible to all qualified students, regardless of their financial means. The program has a unique matching component -- the University matches 5 percent of the principal of each gift annually and combines these funds with income from the endowment to effectively double the financial impact of the scholarship.

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