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James and Pamela Reese Arbuckle Trustee Scholarship

Pamela "Pam" Reese Arbuckle '66 SE CED and her husband Lt. Col. James "Jim" Arbuckle '64 AG have given $50,000 to establish the James and Pamela Reese Arbuckle Trustee Scholarship. The endowment supports undergraduate students who have demonstrated need for funds to meet their necessary college expenses.
James and Pamela Reese Arbuckle Trustee Scholarship

James and Pamela Reese Arbuckle

Pamela "Pam" Reese Arbuckle '66 SE CED and her husband Lt. Col. James "Jim" Arbuckle '64 AG have given $50,000 to establish the James and Pamela Reese Arbuckle Trustee Scholarship. The endowment supports undergraduate students who have demonstrated need for funds to meet their necessary college expenses.

The Arbuckles 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 Arbuckles' 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 Arbuckles' 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.

In a recent speech to high school students, Jim shared a story about a pair of rubber work boots that he wore as a kid growing up on a small dairy farm. Years later, he found himself wearing very similar boots on a dream vacation to Antarctica. He told the students that he never thought he and his wife would have been able to do the things they have been able to do in their adult lives. He says that he attributes some of his success to the assistance that he and Pam received as students at Penn State.

The Arbuckles are passionate about helping people and paying it forward. "We want to make life easier for our students," Pam said.

"We want them to achieve their goals and to complete their college careers. I define success as having choices among things that are desirable to you—that is what we want to give these students, choices," Jim added. 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.

Jim was a career US Air Force officer. During their time in the Air Force, the Arbuckles were stationed around the world, including assignments in Japan, England and Germany. Pam was a French teacher and also served on numerous scholarship committees. After twenty-eight years of service, Jim and Pamela retired to Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Nebraska. Pam serves on a pre-school board of directors and is a member of P.E.O. and Questers, two international organizations that award scholarships, grants, and loans that enable individuals to complete or further their education. In his retirement, Jim continues to fly for the Nebraska Civil Air Patrol and also builds homes with Habitat for Humanity. The Arbuckles are also experienced travelers. They have visited more than 100 countries on all seven continents and have circled the globe several times.

The Arbuckles have a son in Washington and a daughter in Nebraska who is a teacher. They have three grandchildren.

(June 2014)