Soon after Pennsylvania’s Farmers’ High School was founded in the 1850s, faculty and students began planting American elms on the campus. The trees were a symbol of the hope that the first Penn Staters felt for their new institution and their belief that it would grow and endure long into the future.
To honor those extraordinary philanthropists whose generosity has helped us to fulfill the hopes of our founders, Penn State created the Elm Circle of the Mount Nittany Society in 2008. Elm Circle members are recognized for cumulative giving to Penn State that has reached or exceeded $5 million. These gifts must be irrevocable commitments, as applies for Mount Nittany Society membership.