University Park, Pa.-- Penn State's 32nd annual Renaissance Fund dinner has raised $155,000 to endow scholarships in honor of State College residents Lloyd and Dorothy (Dottie) Huck, the 2008 Renaissance Honorees. More than 320 guests attended last week's dinner at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus.
The annual event raises money for Renaissance Fund scholarships, which are awarded to academically talented Penn State students who have great financial need. The dinners honor community leaders, and contributions are used to endow scholarships in their names.
The Renaissance Fund announced the couple as this year's honorees in September.
Lloyd Huck is retired chairman of the board of the pharmaceutical firm of Merck & Co., and served as a Penn State trustee from 1977 to 1992, including three years as president of the board. Dottie Huck has held volunteer leadership positions with Penn State's University Libraries and the College of Health and Human Development. The Hucks also are involved with several community organizations in the Centre County area. They are members of Penn State's class of 1943.
Since the Renaissance Fund's inception in 1969, the total endowment has grown to more than $8 million. So far 502 scholarships have been awarded for the 2008-09 academic year.
For more information about this year's Renaissance Fund honorees, visit http://live.psu.edu/story/34354 online. To learn more about the Renaissance Fund program, contact Kathy Kurtz in the Office of Annual Giving at (814) 863-2052.