The Virginia Gross Kimmel Scholarship Fund
In 2007, Harvey '64 and Virginia Kimmel challenged Smeal alumni to raise contributions of $20,000. If this goal was achieved, they would match it. Alumni were not only successful in donating $20,000, but they exceeded the goal! Harvey and Virginia Kimmel continue to show unyielding support to the Office of Diversity Enhancement.
The John M. Arnold MBA Scholarship
John earned his undergraduate degree from Grove City College in 1985 and an MBA in finance from Penn State in 1987. He has maintained his ties with Penn State by serving on the Penn State Harrisburg's Grand Destiny Campaign, the Penn State MBA Alumni Advisory Board at University Park, and the Advisory Board for the Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Mr. Arnold is the chairman, CEO, and owner of Petroleum Products Corp., which operates petroleum pipeline terminals across Pennsylvania.
The Robert A. Davidow MBA Fellowship
Robert A. Davidow, '64, has been a private investor since 1990. He is currently a member of the board of Arden Group, Inc., a supermarket holding company. He serves as a director and treasurer of the American Society of Technion and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Mr. Davidow graduated from Penn State in 1964 with a degree in business.
The William Donan Minority MBA Fellowship Endowment
Mr. Donan has established an undergraduate scholarship, MBA fellowship, and an endowed professorship within the Smeal College of Business - all with the goal of promoting diversity within the student body and faculty. Penn State previously honored Donan as an Alumni Fellow in 1994. He is a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association and lives with his wife, Pamela, near Atlanta.
The Susan and Alex Goldberg MBA Fellowship Endowment
In 1997, Mr. Goldberg was named Penn State Alumni Fellow, the highest distinction bestowed by the Penn State Alumni Association. He was deeply involved in founding the Smeal College MBA Affiliated Program Group and is a member of the Smeal College Alumni Association Board. Mr. Goldberg obtained his bachelor of science in chemical engineering in 1962 and an MBA in finance/management from Penn State in 1964.
The Haeng Nam Scholarship in Business Administration
The Haeng Nam Scholarship was established in 1996 by Mr. Yong-Ju Kim, a 1974 MBA graduate. Mr. Kim is Chairman and CEO of Haeng Nam Chinaware Inc. Seoul, Korea. Haeng Nam Chinaware Inc. has been supplying a wide range of chinaware to many leading companies around the world, including THC USA, Corning USA, Noritake USA, Jungerhans, and Netherland.
The Kennametal, Inc. Scholarship
Penn State has long valued the support received from Kennametal Inc. The company has invested significantly in support of programs, research, and students in the College of Engineering, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, the Smeal College of Business, the Materials Research Lab, and the Applied Research Lab at Penn State. Kennametal, headquartered in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, provides a broad range of technologically advanced tools, tooling systems and engineering services aimed at improving manufacturing competitiveness.
The Bruce and Debbie Johnston MBA Scholarship
Bruce Johnston earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Duke University in 1981 and his MBA from Smeal in 1982. Debbie Johnston is a 1982 College of Communications graduate. Bruce is Managing Director of TA Associates, one of the oldest and largest private equity firms in the world. Bruce attended Penn State on a full scholarship and said, "I would have never received my MBA if it weren't for that scholarship, and it occurs to me that I've never paid for it." He and Debbie established the Johnston Scholarship in 2002.
The Ian and Mary Mackinnon MBA Scholarship
The Mackinnon MBA Scholarship was established in 1998 by Ian and Mary Mackinnon. Ian is a 1974 MBA graduate who retired from the Vanguard Group, a client-owned investment management company. The Mackinnons currently reside in Coatesville, PA.
The W. Charles McMinn, III Graduate Fellowship in Business Administration
The McMinn Fellowship was established by Craig and Victoria Socie to honor Victoria's Father, W. Charles McMinn. McMinn Inc. was founded in 1933 by Walter C. McMinn, Jr. His son, W. Charles McMinn, ran the East Petersberg-based construction materials supplier until his death in 1984.
The M&T Bank Graduate Scholarship for Business Administration, MBA Program
M&T Bank recognizes the financial need of many Penn State students and has provided fifty-one students with scholarship support since 1998. M&T Bank undergraduate scholarship endowments have been established at Penn State Harrisburg, Penn State Mont Alto, and Penn State Schuylkill. The bank has also endowed the M&T Bank Graduate Scholarship for Business Administration. M&T Bank was the first corporate sponsor of the MBA Executive Panel in the Smeal College of Business. The Annual gift from M&T is used to fund a monetary prize for the winning Executive Panel team, as well as second and third-place prizes. The event, a tradition for more than twenty-five years, is the capstone experience for all first-year MBA students.
The Oswald and Hazel Nazareth MBA Award
Andre Nazareth, '91 MBA, established the Oswald and Hazel Nazareth MBA Award in honor of his parents. Andre is Senior Vice President of Mid-Corporate Banking, The Royal Bank of Scotland Group. Andre serves as a member of the MBA Advisory Board.
The Jeffry M. and Barbara Picower MBA Fellowship
Jeff Picower is a 1963 Business graduate and a former lawyer, accountant, and dealmaker who invested in drug discovery and medical device firms. Jeff and Barbara established the Picower MBA Fellowship in 1991.
The Irwin K. and Harriet Polansky MBA Scholarship
David Polansky, '87, is the senior vice president/city executive for U.S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management, a firm that specializes in devising effective wealth management solutions for its clients. David has held a wide variety of positions in the financial services sector, including firms such as JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Dean Witter's Private Wealth Management Group, Bankers Trust, and Arthur Andersen & Co. He has served on Smeal's Board of Visitors and the MBA Alumni Advisory Board. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut and his MBA from Penn State University.
The David and Tricia Rogers MBA Fellowship
David Rogers earned his bachelor's degree in accounting in 1978 and an MBA in 1980 from Penn State. Patricia Rogers graduated from the University in 1979 with a degree in mechanical engineering. David Rogers started his career as a financial analyst at Mobil Oil. He later accepted a position as trader and analyst with Goldman Sachs, eventually becoming co-head of Goldman Sachs' equity derivatives department in 1992 and a partner in the firm. He left Goldman Sachs in 2001 to start his own investment firm.
The William F. and Susannah M. Rothman Scholarship
William Rothman is a 1963 Business graduate and his wife, Susannah, is a 1964 College of Education graduate. A native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, William entered the real estate field in 1962 as an associate with Charles W. Naftzinger Real Estate and in 1965 became the Vice President of Shearer Realty. In January of 1970, he organized Rothman and Schubert Real Estate with Charles F. Schubert. In 2002, the name was changed to RSR Realtors LLC RSR Appraisers & Analysis. It is the largest appraisal firm in Central Pennsylvania. The Rothmans created the Rothman Scholarship in 1999.
The John and Marilyn Ruffner Graduate Fellowship
The late John M. Ruffner and his wife, Marilyn J. Whitaker Ruffner, owners and developers of several companies in electronics and manufacturing, created this MBA Fellowship fund. John and Marilyn Ruffner were originally from Western Pennsylvania. John Ruffner, who died in 1995, was a world war II veteran when he arrived at the University. The two met here in 1950 and were married in 1952. Marilyn earned her bachelor's degree in psychology in 1952, John in mineral preparation engineering in 1953.
The Charles Wayne Shaeffer Scholar Fund
The Shaeffer Scholarship was established by the late Charles W. Shaeffer in 1978. Charles was a 1933 Smeal graduate and a 1935 graduate of Harvard University. After he received his master's degree he went to work for T. Rowe Price Associates. Charles was a former member of the Penn State Board of Trustees. In a conversation with Mr. Shaeffer, he stated that his family had little money and he needed loans to get through Penn State. He supported himself by selling "National Bond Cigars." After graduating from Penn State, he earned a full scholarship to attend the Harvard Business School. He said that it was these experiences of being poor and being helped by others through college that led to him wanting to support student scholarships.
The Harvey B. Wheeler Graduate Fellowship in Business Administration
Lewis Wheeler received his BS from Penn State in 1962 and his MBA in 1964 from Smeal. Lewis and Computer People, Inc. of Pittsburgh established the Wheeler Fellowship in honor of his father, Harvey Wheeler, in 1998. Harvey was a 1933 science graduate of Penn State.
The Scott and Rita Wyllie MBA Scholarship
Scott D. Wyllie, who earned a degree in 1956 from the Smeal College of Business Administration, and his wife, Rita, of Palm City, FL., have established a scholarship to benefit students in the Penn State Smeal MBA program. The Scott and Rita Wyllie MBA Scholarship was created through an endowment that will generate support to attract and retain academically gifted MBA students. Scott Wyllie is a retired corporate vice president and general manger of the Reynolds Metals Company consumer products division, based in Richmond, VA. He retired in 1989, having spent 32 years with the firm, 11 of them as division general manager and vice president.
The Gulati Family Foundation MBA Fellowship Graduate Scholarship
After Charles Gulati graduated from the MBA Program in 2006, he was instrumental in helping establish the Gulati Fellowship through the Gulati Family Foundation. Charles is General Manager of Fidelity Technologies Corporation in Reading, PA. Jack Gulati founded Fidelity Technologies in 1987 with the vision to build an organization having a set of values that would distinguish it from its competitors. The guiding principle of this new business would be to deliver products and services in a manner that ensures complete customer satisfaction. In a short period of time, Fidelity has experienced tremendous growth and success. Today, Jack Gulati's three sons, David, Charles, and Michael equally own the company's outstanding shares, and lead Fidelity with the same guiding principle, values, and vision established by their father.
The Jeff and Cindy King and The National Properties, Inc. MBA Fellowship
Jeffery King is co-founder of National Properties, Inc., a real-estate investment, property management, and development business based in the Great Valley Corporate Park area of Malvern, PA. The Kings have made other philanthropic contributions to the Smeal College of Business in the past, first with the Jeff and Cindy King MBA Fellowship in 1990, and then with the Jeffery L. and Cindy M. King Faculty Fellowship in 2000. The Kings were inducted into the Mount Nittany Society in the spring of 2001. Membership in the Mount Nittany Society is a singular honor, and is accorded only to those individuals and couples whose cumulative giving to Penn State has reached or exceeded $100,000.
Ciba Program for the Institute for the Study of Business Markets
The Ciba Foundation established the Ciba Scholarship in 2009 to support graduate students earning MBA degrees with a focus on business marketing. The Ciba Scholars Program, in conjunction with ISBM, targets students interested in international business and the study of business markets.
Michael Ryan Phillips Memorial MBA Scholarship
The Phillips Scholarship was established in 1998 by friends and family of Michael Phillips, including the MBA Class of 1998, MBA Faculty, MBA Administration, and MBA Alumni. Michael Phillips was in the second year of his MBA studies when he was in a tragic car accident over the holiday break. It was decided that each year the student body would nominate a fellow first year student who embodies Michael's spirit to receive the scholarship.
Stephen R. Smith and Eileen Baumgarten Smith Graduate Scholarship in the Smeal College of Business
Steve and Eileen Smith are both 1972 Penn State graduates who received degrees in business and education, respectively. In 2006, they established the Smith Graduate Scholarship. Steve Smith is a CPA and attorney in Phoenix, AZ, and practices law through his solely-owned firm, Stephen R. Smith, P.C. Eileen retired as a school psychologist at Balsz Elementary School in Phoenix, and then continued her career teaching evening classes at Northern Arizona University.
Smeal College Outstanding MBA Award
Ernest and Julie Wittich established the Outstanding MBA Award in 2002. Ernie is a 1989 MBA graduate and was awarded Smeal's Outstanding Young Alumnus Award in 1997. He is currently Senior Vice President of Acquisitions at Vornado/Charles E. Smith commercial realty. Vornado/Charles E. Smith commercial realty is the largest commercial real estate organization in the Washington, DC metropolitan region--a leadership position evidenced by a combination of superior portfolio size, exceptional capabilities, high caliber projects and management services, financial strength, as well as recognition within the real estate industry.