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PSU Endows the Lettie Schadler Scholarship

Lebanon County Commissioners (from left) Mike Kuhn, Jo Ellen Litz and Bob Phillips with Alletta “Lettie” Schadler (center).
Chairman Commissioner Bob Phillips congratulates Lettie Schadler on receiving an endowment from Penn State for her namesake scholarship.

Long before the internet or smart phones, Lebanon countians with questions about food preparation, food safety or other household things turned to Lettie Schadler, the trail-blazing, first-ever female county extension director for Penn State Extension.

Over the years, Lettie has received many awards and accolades but just recently, she received another prestigious honor: an endowment by Penn State University for the local scholarship that’s been given out since 2002 to students pursuing education in the Family and Consumer Sciences realm.

Greg Gnatt, Business Operations Manager of the Lebanon Extension office explained what an endowment will mean to the Alletta Schadler Community Service/Engagement Award:

Lebanon Penn State Extension Director, Stephanie Shirk said creating an endowment is more than deserved for Lettie’s lifetime of service and vast knowledge:

For her part, Lettie said she was proud of the 24 recipients who’ve benefited from her namesake scholarship:

Even in retirement, she’s still fielding questions from county residents:

County Commissioners extolled her praises and were delighted with the news, as Chairman Bob Phillips commented:

Katie Greenawalt, who currently serves in the extension role that Lettie once held, said the scholarship is currently open for applicants:

Application details can be found at