Endowed Scholarships for Women’s Basketball

Women’s basketball was the first of the Penn State’s 29 sports to have endowed scholarships for all five of its starting positions.

To be eligible for scholarships a student/athlete must have outstanding academic records and be proficient in women’s basketball.  Scholarships are awarded for one academic year with the possibility of renewal in subsequent years.

Active scholarships are designated by bold type.  The others will be activated upon pledge fulfillment.

A gift of $300,000 or more can establish a position scholarship for a designated sport.  Upon activation, this type of scholarship produces approximately $15,000 in annual support and is awarded to the recipient student-athlete.

Women’s Basketball Position Scholarships

Carl and Joyce Chelius Endowed Scholarship
For Lady Lion Shooting Guard

Helen H. Chelius Endowed Scholarship
For the Lady Lion Point Guard

John and Ann Curley Endowed Basketball Scholarship
For the Lady Lion Forward Position

Nancy Dreibelbis Scholarship
For a Women’s Basketball Point Guard

Margaret “Granny” Muth Endowed Basketball Scholarship
For the Lady Lion Center Position

Christine M. Portland Endowed Basketball Scholarship
For the Lady Lion Captain

John S. and Joanne Q. Spangler Endowed Scholarship
For a Lady Lion Basketball Forward

A gift of $50,000 or more can establish a named athletic scholarship.  Upon activation, this type of scholarship produces approximately $2,500 in annual support and is awarded to the recipient student-athlete.

Women’s Basketball Scholarships

Edward H. Blackburn, Jr., Penn State Women’s Basketball Scholarship Fund

Merle and Mary Ann Deem Endowed Women’s Basketball Scholarship

Family Tree Endowed Scholarship in Memory of Kim Fisher

Hank Gambocurta Memorial Lady Lion Basketball Scholarship

Mary E. Gundel Scholarship for Lady Lion Basketball

Jeffrey C. and Carol C. Knauff Lady Lion Basketball Scholarship

William G. and Marie E. Knecht Scholarship in Memory of Anne Knecht Starner ‘91

Kay F. Kustanbauter Women’s Basketball Scholarship

Michael D. Loy Memorial Scholarship

Mildred Lucey Endowed Women’s Basketball Scholarship

Misitano Family Women’s Basketball Scholarship

Martha C. O’Neill Lady Lion Basketball Scholarship

Richard and Annetta Pierce Women’s Basketball Award

Tom and Irene Pugliese Endowed Women’s Basketball Scholarship

Reed B. Riker Women’s Basketball Scholarship

Joan Kay Ruth Lady Lion Basketball Scholarship

Lois-Jean Ruth Lady Lion Basketball Scholarship

Raymond Shibley Women’s Basketball Endowment

Richard and Susan Sokolov Family Endowed Women’s Basketball Scholarship

Ruby Snyder Venturato and Thomas R. Caldwell Women’s Baksetball Scholarship

Women’s Basketball Scholarship for the Head Manager

Sue F. Young Endowed Women’s Basketball Scholarship

General Athletic Scholarships Assigned to Women’s Basketball

David N. “Nick” Delozier Memorial Athletic Scholarship

Robert and Shirley Fortinsky Endowed Athletic Scholarship

Hintz-Garbon Athletic Endowment Fund

Herbert and Donna Hirshfield Family Scholarship in Agricultural Sciences

Barbara Friedman Polansky Endowed Athletic Scholarship

If you would like to make a donation to a specific scholarship or establish a women’s basketball scholarship, please contact the Major Gifts Office at 814-863-GIFT (4438).

To date, we have received monies in the amount of $36,163.48 to the Ellen Perry Scholarship at Penn State.  As you may remember, this scholarship fund was named after our long-time friend and former associate athletic director Ellen Perry.  She was part of the Penn State athletic staff from 1966 until her retirement in 2002.  Ellen’s responsibilities included not only her work for women’s basketball, but for student-athlete services for all men’s and women’s programs.  Penn State has over 800 student athletes in 29 sport programs.  Many of these students receive only partial scholarships and nearly 300 receive NO financial aid at all from the University.

The purpose of the Ellen Perry Scholarship fund is to provide recognition and financial assistance to any full-time undergraduate student who has an outstanding academic record, is proficient in any sport and on a varsity athletic team.  This scholarship is now activated!  As of May 1, 2005, we met the minimum amount needed to begin disbursement.  The first scholarship from this fund was awarded in the Fall of 2005.  The recipient of this endowment for the years 2005-06, 2006-07 and again for 2007-08 is Gayle Hunter, a member of the Women’s Track and Field team. The Lady Lion Cager Club is proud to be a sponsor of this scholarship on behalf of our good friend Ellen Perry.  The Lady Lion Cager Club and Ellen thank you very much for your continued contributions and support to Athletics at Penn State University.
The initial principal of this fund, $25,000.00, will be contributed to The Pennsylvania State University for the above stated purpose by friends and associates of Ellen Perry.  Additional contributions may be made by interested persons or organizations by contacting: Athletics Development, The Pennsylvania State University, 157 Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, PA16802, Attention:  Michelle Davidson.  You can contact Michelle at: or 814-863-3142/800-648-8269.

Updated: 08/27/07