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Corporate & Foundation Giving News

Support from Penn State’s partners is a valuable aid in providing a high-quality education, innovative research, and expanded public service initiatives. This section provides specific examples of how support from corporations and foundations has assisted students, faculty, and staff at Penn State.



Recent News



November 19, 2014
Penn State honored United Technologies Corp. (UTC) as its Corporate Partner of the Year at an event Nov. 14. University President Eric J. Barron presented the award to UTC in celebration of the company’s multifaceted relationship with the University, including a long history of philanthropy.

October 16, 2014
GE announced that it will invest up to $10 million in Penn State to establish a new innovation center focused on driving cutting-edge advancements in the natural gas industry. The Center for Collaborative Research on Intelligent Natural Gas Supply Systems at Penn State (CCRINGSS) will engage Penn State researchers and students from many disciplines in collaborative work with various industry stakeholders. The center will seek to advance efficiency and environmental sustainability both through technological innovations and improved supply chain management.

October 16, 2014
Penn State's Institute for the Arts and Humanities has received a $260,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a two-year project, "The Boundaries of the Human in the Age of the Life Sciences."

October 16, 2014
More than 500 employers from government, industry and corporate businesses will be one hand from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 through Thursday, Sept. 18 to speak with students about potential job opportunities during the 2014 Fall Career Days.

April 21, 2014
Tripwire, Inc., a leading global provider of risk-based security and compliance management solutions, has announced a gift of a cloud-based risk and analytics cybersecurity service to the Center for Cyber Security, Information Privacy and Trust at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST). The nonexclusive license grant provides a license to Tripwire Benchmark. Penn State has valued the technology at $11.75 million, and it is the single largest contribution the College of IST has received to date.

February 3, 2014
Penn State has announced a new partnership with a nonprofit organization committed to keeping exceptional education within reach for young people from every background. The Maguire Foundation, based in West Conshohocken, Pa., and founded by Mr. and Mrs. James J. Maguire in 2000, offers assistance to students from the fifth grade through college who need financial support to attend one of the foundation’s partner schools. As the newest destination for Maguire Scholars, Penn State has received a commitment of $1.25 million to endow the Maguire Foundation Trustee Scholarship.

November 25, 2013
Penn State honored General Electric (GE) as its Corporate Partner of the Year at an event on Friday, Nov. 22. University President Rodney A. Erickson presented the award to GE in celebration of the company’s longstanding philanthropic commitment to Penn State.

April 18, 2013
Representatives of the Volvo Group spoke to a crowd of approximately 150 Penn State students and faculty on Thursday, April 11 during a visit celebrating the Academic Preferred Talent Partnership agreement recently signed between Volvo Group and Penn State. The presentation focused on the Volvo Group’s global operations, corporate culture and research initiatives, as well as areas of collaboration with Penn State. The event also served as an employment networking opportunity for the attending students.

April 8, 2013
The Volvo Group recently signed an Academic Preferred Talent Partnership agreement with Penn State. The three-year program provides Penn State students with co-op, internship and mentoring opportunities and offers talent recruitment benefits to Volvo Group. Representatives from Volvo will tour the University Park campus Wednesday and Thursday and will meet with leaders from the Graduate School and the College of Engineering to continue discussions about the partnership. A public event to be held Thursday, April 11, from noon to 2:00 p.m. in Heritage Hall at the HUB-Robeson Center will feature related presentations by Lena Lind, senior vice president, talent management, and Hans Persson, vice president, technology and innovation.

January 10, 2013
Late last year, Penn State signed a strategic partnership agreement with Siemens Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of the integrated technology company Siemens AG, which operates in 190 countries. This alliance—the first of its kind between Siemens and an American university—will benefit Penn State, its students and Siemens through research collaborations, an enhanced recruiting relationship, and engagement across a wide range of University programs.

October 30, 2012
Jeffrey Immelt, chairman and CEO at General Electric (GE), presented a check for $400,000 to Penn State President Rodney Erickson during a visit to the University Park campus on Friday, October 26. The funds will support scholarships in three Penn State colleges and sponsored research in the College of Engineering. Immelt’s visit highlights his company’s ongoing partnership with Penn State. “Penn State is a big part of GE’s future,” Immelt said. “The school’s alumni have filled our ranks with great leaders. Their students give us a bright and competitive future. We see this relationship moving forward in a big way.”

October 22, 2012
On November 15, Penn State will celebrate its second annual Penn State Day of Philanthropy, intended to raise awareness of private giving’s impact on the University and its students. Through a range of activities and events on the University Park campus and other Penn State campuses, volunteers and staff members will honor past gifts and seek further support from alumni and friends.

July 31, 2012
The Institute for CyberScience at Penn State has received a gift-in-kind of 50 graphics processing units (GPUs) from Hewlett-Packard Company to support its interdisciplinary research in the science of computing. These GPUs, valued at $100,000, will assist the institute’s computer modeling collaborations spanning many departments and programs.

December 16, 2011
Penn State has made significant changes to its intellectual property policies. Effective Friday (Dec. 16), intellectual property that results from industry-sponsored research no longer is mandated to be owned by the University.

October 20, 2011
Penn State has received a significant grant from ArcelorMittal USA to support student development, recruitment, and diversity in engineering and materials. The grant was awarded through the company’s Campus Partnership Program (CPP), which provides funding to key U.S. colleges and universities to support special programs and projects particularly in the areas of engineering and technology. This is the third consecutive year that the University and ArcelorMittal have partnered to educate and train the next generation of the workforce.

October 20, 2011
In response to this growing sector and with support from its sponsors, including Harmac Medical Products, SIGMA Plastics Services, Philips Respironics and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, has invested more than $4 million into creating the state-of-the-art Medical Plastics Center of Excellence (MPC). Strategically located on the first floor of the Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center, the MPC is adjacent to Penn State Behrend's 10,500-square-foot plastics processing facility.

October 7, 2011
Flexible and printed electronics, and chemical linguistic analysis, are targeted to receive $1.25 million in research grants from the Dow Chemical Co. Penn State was one of only 11 universities nationwide to receive this funding to strengthen research in scientific fields of strategic importance to Dow and the chemical industry.

September 22, 2011
Penn State has received a $500,000 grant from the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania to support the National Energy Leadership Corps (NELC). Led by David Riley, executive director of Penn State's Center for Sustainability, this interdisciplinary program supports workforce development as well as the research, teaching and service mission of the University. The NELC responds to two growing needs: educating homeowners to improve their energy literacy and training a workforce that can respond to increasing demand for assistance in improving home energy efficiency.

September 6, 2011
In an effort that supports both domestic violence survivors and the environment, Penn State last fall became the first university in Pennsylvania to join the Verizon Wireless UHopeLine Program. Organized through Penn State's Center for Women Students, the program recycles old wireless phone equipment and uses the proceeds to help local survivors of domestic violence. The Center for Women Students partnered with Verizon Wireless to launch the project at the University Park campus, placing two phone-recycling bins at the HUB-Robeson Center and Paterno Library. Anyone with old wireless equipment -- phones, cords and batteries -- is encouraged to drop it into the boxes, regardless of condition, age or brand.

August 10, 2011
Among thousands of higher education institutions nationwide, Penn State rates among the top 100 in African-American, Hispanic and Asian-American undergraduate degree producers, according to “Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.”

June 27, 2011
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State a $470,000 grant to support classical music presenting. The grant, the largest the center has received in its 26-year history, will fund a three-year classical music program beginning in the 2011-12 season.

June 21, 2011
The Penn State Smeal College of Business has the No. 1 undergraduate and graduate programs in supply chain management in the country, according to a new report from Gartner.

April 8, 2011
Penn State's online campus, the World Campus, is the No. 1 online institution for 2011, and the University's portfolio of online information sciences and technology degrees also is No. 1 nationally among information technology (IT) degrees, according to The Best Colleges. A third online program, the MBA program (iMBA), ranks No. 9 among the 25 Best Online MBA Degree Programs. The Best Colleges produces independent evaluations of colleges and universities to aid prospective students. World Campus leads the Top 25 Online Colleges and Universities list, while Penn State's associate, bachelor's and master's degrees in information sciences and technology put the University in first place in the Top 10 Best Colleges for Online Information Technology Degrees list.

March 14, 2011
The Penn State College of Engineering's graduate programs in industrial engineering and nuclear engineering were ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, by a national survey released March 15 by U.S. News & World Report. The college's graduate program was ranked 25th overall.

March 8, 2011
As February concluded, Penn State Ability Athletics received an important grant. Ability Athletics earned a Quality of Life grant worth $12,500 to support the Disability Recreation Program's Wounded Warriors Workshops and Clinics in conjunction with the Christopher Reeve Foundation.

March 7, 2011
For the fourth year in a row, ConocoPhillips and Penn State kick off the ConocoPhillips Energy Prize. Their goal is to see who can develop the most original and actionable solutions that can help improve the way the United States develops and uses energy. The competition awards up to $300,000 and recognizes innovative ideas and solutions in three areas: developing new energy sources, improving energy efficiency and combating climate change.

March 2, 2011
Scholarships focus on increasing the number of U.S. students pursuing graduate degrees in science and engineering.

February 21, 2011
A new research center has been created at Penn State to confront the growing challenges in sustainable energy production and storage. The Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Center, co-directed by Chris Rahn, professor of mechanical engineering, and Chao-Yang Wang, William E. Diefenderfer chair of mechanical engineering, will focus on addressing energy storage technologies for vehicle electrification, renewable energy and smart grids.

February 17, 2011
The Penn State Lunar Lion team today joins 28 other teams in the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE Competition. The team, composed of engineers and scientists from across the University, aims to land a vehicle on the moon and videotape two distinct locations.

February 8, 2011
A $1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) award will create a Penn State research center focusing on health systems. The new center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) will be housed in Penn State's Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems and will be an NSF Industry/University Collaborative Research Center (I/UCRC).

February 1, 2011
The Heinz Endowments recently awarded a team of Penn State researchers a $412,000, three-year, grant to identify and mitigate the effects of Marcellus Shale natural gas exploration and development on the forest ecosystem. The interdisciplinary research team, led by Margaret Brittingham, professor of wildlife resources, and Patrick Drohan, assistant professor of pedology, both faculty members in the College of Agricultural Sciences, also will develop land management practices and a monitoring program to reduce the Marcellus disturbance footprint.

January 17, 2011
Nine Penn State faculty members were named Fellows of the American Association of the Advancement of Science.

November 8, 2010
Penn State named The Dow Chemical Co. its “Corporate Partner of the Year” on Friday, Nov. 5, at the University’s Board of Trustees meeting at the Nittany Lion Inn. Penn State President Graham Spanier presented the award to Dow in celebration of the company’s longstanding philanthropic commitment to the University. “Dow Chemical’s exemplary support of Penn State has touched an enormous variety of programs and initiatives at the University and I look forward to growing this mutually beneficial relationship,” said Spanier.

September 22, 2010
A recent Wall Street Journal survey of leading corporate recruiters names Penn State as the leading institution for graduates best prepared to succeed in their firms. This report demonstrates how broad investment in Penn State yields dividends for our corporate partners.