Meteorology and Atmospheric Science Endowments and Awards

Award for Outstanding Achievement in Broadcast Meteorology

Jared Plushnick is a 2009 graduate of our department and current Chief Meteorologist at KAGS-TV in Bryan, Texas. Jared has established this award to be given to a student who displays a true passion for broadcast meteorology as well as a full range of knowledge of current and future multimedia broadcasting.

Book Supplement Award in Meteorology

The funds for this award are provided by Addison L. Sears-Collins, a 2007 M.S. graduate of the Department of Meteorology. His annual gift is intended to provide financial assistance for the purchase of textbooks to one student of ethnic/cultural and/or national background who contributes to the diversity of the student body in the Department of Meteorology. Preference will be given to an African American sophomore, junior or senior student with financial need, and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Charles L. and Anna R. Hosler Scholarship in Meteorology

The Hosler scholarships are awarded to full-time undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in the Department of Meteorology who have achieved superior academic records or who manifest promise of outstanding academic success, and have a demonstrated financial need. Students who qualify for Schreyer Scholars will be eligible.

Chelius Family Scholarship in Meteorology

Funds for this scholarship have been donated from the estate of Helen Chelius to recruit and/or retain the best and brightest full-time undergraduate students to the Department of Meteorology. Dr. Carl Chelius, Helen's son, began working in the department as a Senior Research Pilot and subsequently served on the faculty until his retirement in 1994.

Donald L. and Ellen Eberly Endowed Scholarship in Meteorology

Funds for this scholarship have been donated by Donald Eberly (class of 1956) and Ellen Eberly. This scholarship is awarded to a Penn State undergraduate student majoring in meteorology who has achieved a superior academic record or manifests promise of outstanding academic success, has achieved a 3.0 GPA or better in mathematics, has proven financial need, and is a U.S. citizen with a good academic record.

Dennis and Joan Thomson Distinguished Graduate Fellowship in Meteorology

Funds for this distinguished fellowship have been donated by Dennis and Joan Thomson both professors at Penn State since 1970. The Thomsons hope that the fellowship will call attention to the importance of having special resources available to attract and support graduate students who have exceptional academic records and the potential to make unique contributions to the advancement of the atmospheric sciences.

Gregory S. Jenkins Emergency Assistance Fund

This fund was established by Professor Gregory Jenkins to offer assistance to students who encounter extraordinary events or circumstances that could impact their ability to continue their studies at Penn State.

Hans A. Panofsky Scholarship in Meteorology

Funds for these scholarships have been donated by the friends, colleagues, and students of Hans A. Panofsky, who was professor of meteorology at Penn State from 1951 through 1982. He was an Evan Pugh Research Professor, known for his work on atmospheric turbulence and diffusion. These scholarships are awarded to Penn State undergraduate students majoring in meteorology who have demonstrated superior academic ability and have a need for financial assistance in order to obtain their University degree.

James H. and Joan E. Meyer Trustee Scholarship in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Funds for these scholarships have been donated by alumnus James Meyer (B.S. '53, M.S. '55) and his wife Joan to support undergraduate students who are pursuing studies in the area of physical meteorology. Previously employed by MIT's Lincoln Laboratory, Technical Operations, Inc., Electromagnetic Research Corporation, and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in a variety of applied and physical meteorological research capacities, Mr. Meyer currently serves as President of Meteorological Applications, a consulting firm based in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Levenia Adom Graduate Memorial Award

This award will be given to provide some assistance to a graduate student who has demonstrated excellence and a passion for weather and climate forecasting and communications. The award was established in memory of graduate student, Levenia Adom, who passed away from colon cancer just a few months from finishing her M.S. degree in January 2007. Through the efforts of many in the Department of Meteorology, her degree was awarded posthumously in May 2007, and the award was activated in January 2009 through the philanthropy of Levenia's family, friends, and colleagues.

John C. Wyngaard Graduate Research Award

The purpose of this award shall be to honor and recognize outstanding research by a graduate student majoring in Meteorology in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State, University Park. The endowment was established in the name of John C. Wyngaard, Professor Emeritus, in honor of his manifold contributions to the atmospheric sciences and particularly his mentorship of students in atmospheric turbulence and boundary layer meteorology. John was involved in three national laboratories and served for two decades as a senior member of the faculty in Penn State's Department of Meteorology, where he opened new lines of inquiry, successfully addressed challenging problems in the field, and wisely counseled colleagues and students.

Paul and Rebecca Tag Scholarship in the Department of Meteorology

The purpose of this scholarship shall be to provide recognition and financial assistance to outstanding undergraduate students who are majoring or planning to major in Meteorology in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences who have demonstrated need for funds to meet their necessary college expenses. Paul Tag received his BS ('66), MS ('68) and PhD ('77) degrees from the Department of Meteorology at Penn State. He retired from the Naval Research Laboratory in 2001 to write fiction fulltime.

Kruhoeffer Endowed Scholarship in Meteorology

Funds for this scholarship have been pledged by Douglas P. Kruhoeffer (class of 1980) to provide recognition and financial assistance to outstanding junior and senior students in meteorology who have achieved superior academic records or who manifest promise of academic success.

Ralph E. Frank Endowment in the Department of Meteorology

Funds for this endowment have been donated by William Frank to promote interaction between faculty and students in the Department of Meteorology by providing monies for seminars, coffee hours, and social events. William Frank is a Professor in the Department of Meteorology at Penn State.

Robert O. Cole Scholarship in Meteorology

This scholarship is given to outstanding undergraduate or graduate students who have a strong interest in weather forecasting. Funds have been donated by Ms. Sue Burton Cole.

Robert A. Case Memorial Scholarship

The meteorology community at Penn State was saddened by the news of Bob Case's passing in July 2008. Bob received his M.S. in Meteorology from Penn State in 1972 and served as the Meteorologist-in-Charge of the National Weather Service in State College from 1993-95. His family and friends have established an annual scholarship that will honor his memory and passion for the field of meteorology by providing financial assistance to third and fourth year students. For more information about Bob and information on how you can contribute to this memorial fund, please view the memorial announcement.

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