Community service

Penn State Extension Announces Alletta Schadler Community Service Award

On Thursday, March 24, Penn State Extension announced a new scholarship available for Lebanese pursuing graduate studies in the field of family and consumer sciences.

The award is the gift of Alletta Schadler, a longtime Penn State Extension employee who also served as Penn State’s first female county extension director after being named head of the Lebanon County office in 1974.

During his career with Penn State Extension from 1969 to 1999, Schadler spoke at countless community meetings and events and submitted numerous columns to local publications helping advance the co-op’s mission to provide information scientists to homeowners and businesses on gardening, agriculture, food and health, community development, natural resources and youth development.

Schadler’s main curriculum focused on food and nutrition, food safety, and food preservation, with additional work in the areas of leadership development, textiles and clothing, and home management.

The annual $500 award will be given to an “outstanding volunteer” in Lebanon County based on the following qualifications:

  • The individual is pursuing a degree, continuing education, or professional development in the field of family and consumer sciences. It includes areas such as, but not limited to, apparel design, textiles and merchandising, dietetics, food science and nutrition, food safety, public health, education health, hospitality and culinary management, and child and adolescent development.
  • The individual has provided outstanding volunteer service in Lebanon County.

Financial need is not considered in the selection of recipients and individuals are only eligible to receive this award once.

Nominations must be submitted by May 15, with this year’s award winner to be announced on May 31.

For more information about the award, including the application form, visit the Penn State Extension website.


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