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Elizabeth Skade Middleton and John Middleton Trustee Scholarship in Education

Elizabeth "Betty" Skade Middleton '63 EK ED and her husband John Middleton have given $50,000 to establish the Elizabeth Skade Middleton and John Middleton Trustee Scholarship in Education. The endowment supports undergraduate students who have demonstrated need for funds to meet necessary college expenses.
Elizabeth Skade Middleton and John Middleton Trustee Scholarship in Education

John Middleton and Elizabeth Skade Middleton

Elizabeth "Betty" Skade Middleton '63 EK ED and her husband John Middleton have given $50,000 to establish the Elizabeth Skade Middleton and John Middleton Trustee Scholarship in Education. The endowment supports undergraduate students who have demonstrated need for funds to meet necessary college expenses.

The Middletons were able to take advantage of the Trustee Matching Scholarship Program, which was established to encourage the creation of endowments to provide essential support for need-based scholarships. In consideration of the Middletons' willingness to support this initiative, the University will match 10 percent of the initial principal in perpetuity, which will further extend the impact of the Middletons' gift. The Trustee Matching Scholarship Program was implemented as part of the For The Future campaign and will no longer be available after June 30, 2014.

The Middletons are passionate about supporting future teachers and ensuring that they have opportunities to grow and succeed at Penn State. They understand the immense financial burden that pursuing these opportunities can place on undergraduates, and they hope to relieve some of that stress with this scholarship.

"We want the best and the brightest students to become teachers because they will educate the next generation," said Betty. "We hope that with this scholarship, these students can go abroad, student teach, and explore the endless preparatory opportunities that Penn State provides. We look  forward to helping them succeed."

Betty grew up in New Jersey. After graduation, she taught elementary school in New Jersey, Michigan, Nebraska, and California. Betty left fulltime teaching to raise their three sons, but she continued to substitute teach in California. Betty most recently served as a member of Penn State's Alumni Council from 2003 to 2009.

John is a 1963 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and earned his Master's degree in Engineering at Stanford University. John and Betty reside in Newport Beach, California. They have five grandchildren. Their oldest granddaughter wants to become a teacher.

(June 2014)