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Stockmen's Club Reaches $100,000 Scholarship Goal

Posted: June 3, 2013

Jaylene Lesher, center, was one of the 2012-2013 Penn State Stockmen's Club scholarship recipients. With her are Jana Peters, Penn State Animal Sciences Advising Coordinator,  and Wes McAllister, 2012 Penn State Stockmen's Club president.

Jaylene Lesher, center, was one of the 2012-2013 Penn State Stockmen's Club scholarship recipients. With her are Jana Peters, Penn State Animal Sciences Advising Coordinator, and Wes McAllister, 2012 Penn State Stockmen's Club president.

The Penn State Stockmen's Club achieved a milestone earlier this year when they reached their fundraising goal of $100,000 for the Penn State Stockmen's Club Memorial Scholarship for Freshmen Students fund.

A live auction at their spring banquet raised $9,245 which put them over the $100,000 mark. The sum was reached on a bid by Jana Malot, who was instrumental in starting the scholarship fund in 1999. Malot, Fulton County, was the 2012 Distinguished Animal Science Alumnus in Penn State's Department of Animal Science, and has been a strong supporter of the Stockmen's Club.

The scholarship is awarded to an incoming, first-year undergraduate student enrolled as an Animal Sciences major within the Department who has demonstrated exemplary academic achievement and outstanding leadership qualities. Thirty awards totaling $26,000 have been given to incoming freshmen since the first scholarships were awarded for the 2000-01 academic year.

Department of Animal Science Head Dr. Terry Etherton said, "The members of the Stockmen's club provide passionate and invaluable support for the Department, our students and our programs. It is a tremendous tribute to their commitment that they have been able to reach the $100,000 goal for their scholarship fund. Many, many students have benefitted from their generosity since they began the program in 1999."

Luke Zerby, chair of the Scholarship committee, said, "The continued support of our members is always inspirational. The fact that we have raised so much for this fund in a short period of time just goes to show the faith and dedication of the PSU Stockmen Club's members in the future of the animal agricultural industry and the Penn State Animal Science Department."

In addition to the scholarship fund, the Stockmen's Club, which enjoys widespread support throughout the industry, also heavily supports the Pennsylvania Livestock Association judging team fund.

Several thousand dollars are raised each year for both funds with many small donations of $10, $20 and $50. Each dues reminder for the Stockman's Club and event registration mailings contain an appeal and opportunity for donating to the two funds.

The Stockmen's Club endows two other awards:

* The Vernon E. Hazlett Memorial Award, given to a full-time undergraduate student who has demonstrated exemplary achievement, with preference to a student with an interest in the swine industry.

* The Glenn R. Kean Memorial Award, awarded to a full-time undergraduate student who has demonstrated exemplary academic achievement, with preference to students have with an interest in the livestock and/or meats industry.

Individuals who are interested in contributing to these endowments may contact Dr. Etherton (814-863-3663 or tde@psu.edu).