New Trustee Scholarship to support first-year Ag Sciences students

September 24, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- With a gift of $50,000, Penn State alumnus Dan Eichenlaub and his wife, Barbara, have endowed the Barbara U. and Daniel J. Eichenlaub Trustee Scholarship, which will benefit students in the College of Agricultural Sciences with demonstrated financial need. First preference for funds will go to incoming first-year students.
"Barbara and I are excited to endow a scholarship that will enable the University to attract and educate high-quality students for the College of Agricultural Sciences," Dan Eichenlaub said. "We know what Penn State has to offer, and we look forward to enabling the next generation of bright minds whose only limitation is their financial need."
Tracy Hoover, associate dean for undergraduate education, noted that the scholarship will help the college to recruit and support talented students. "We are very grateful for the support and generosity of the Eichenlaubs," she said.
A 1978 Penn State graduate with a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering, Dan Eichenlaub is president and co-founder of Eichenlaub Inc., a full-service, design-build landscape construction and maintenance company that has served the greater Pittsburgh area for more than 40 years.
He also is co-founder of AgRecycle, Pennsylvania's largest source-separated composting operation and the first agricultural company to be honored with the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence and Stewardship. In addition, he is a founding principal of LandOpt LLC, a company that brings managed business processes to independent landscape contractors throughout the United States.
Eichenlaub is on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association and the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. He also serves on the Building and Grounds Committee for the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.
Eichenlaub's support for the College of Agricultural Sciences includes serving on the board of directors of the Penn State Ag Council, an industry advisory group. He is also a Penn State representative on the Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching, a national organization that advocates support for the land-grant university mission of agricultural sciences education.
A "serial entrepreneur," he also has been a judge for the Ag Springboard student entrepreneurship competition. As a student, he was a four-year member and two-year captain of the varsity rifle team.
Barbara Eichenlaub is a writer for Pittsburgh Quarterly magazine. She is on the board of directors of St. Lucy's Auxiliary to the Blind and is involved in several other charitable organizations. The couple has two adult children.
The Trustee Matching Scholarship Program maximizes the impact of private giving while directing funds to students as quickly as possible, meeting the urgent need for scholarship support. For Trustee Scholarships created during the final phase of For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, which concluded on June 30, Penn State will provide an annual 10 percent match of the total pledge or gift.
With the conclusion of the campaign, Penn State is now providing an annual 5 percent match for new endowments of $100,000 or more. Both University match levels continue in perpetuity, multiplying the support available for students with financial need.
The Eichenlaubs' gift helped the College of Agricultural Sciences to achieve the goals of For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, which raised a total of $2.188 billion for Penn State students, faculty, staff and alumni. This University-wide effort was directed toward a shared vision of Penn State as the most comprehensive, student-centered research university in America. The campaign's top priority was keeping a Penn State degree affordable for students and families.

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Last Updated September 25, 2014