UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Eugene and Carol Schurman, of Clymer, Pennsylvania, have given $50,000 to establish the Eugene and Carol Schurman Trustee Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
The scholarship will benefit students with demonstrated financial need, with first preference going to animal science majors.
Both Penn State alumni, the Schurmans are long-time educators for Penn State Extension and supporters of the college.
“Penn State Extension and the College of Agricultural Sciences have been very important in our lives, from Carol’s participation as a 4-H member in Cumberland County, to providing an education for both of us, to advancing both of our careers,” the couple said in a statement.
“Scholarships were especially important to both of us as students, and we are pleased to be able to ‘pay it forward’ for future college students who need assistance,” they continued.
A native of Clymer, New York, Eugene Schurman received a bachelor’s degree in animal science and agricultural education from Cornell University in 1972 before earning a master’s degree in dairy science from Penn State in 1974.
From 1974 to 1977, he was a dairy educator for Penn State Extension in Franklin County.
After five years as a vocational agriculture instructor in the Purchase Line School District, he rejoined Penn State Extension in Indiana County in 1982, retiring in 2011.
Carol Schurman, a native of Shippensburg, is a 1973 alumna of Penn State with a degree in animal industry.
As an undergraduate, she was involved with several clubs and organizations and was named the College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Senior. After working as an employment counselor for a personnel agency in Chambersburg, she joined Penn State Extension in Indiana County in 1977 as a 4-H youth development educator, a position she still holds.
The Schurmans both are members of various professional organizations and have received numerous extension and industry awards for their work. The couple previously endowed the Eugene and Carol Schurman 4-H Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences.