Deborah and David Ross
David and Deborah Ross created the David S. and Deborah M. Ross Open Doors Scholarship. They did so to encourage and help local students with a strong motivation to work and learn, but might lack the funds to achieve and education on their own. They have a particular interest in helping students interested in engineering, and other science and technology related fields. David Ross grew up on a dairy farm in Jefferson County. He attended Penn State DuBois for two years, before moving on to University Park to continue studies in Agricultural Engineering. He is a professor emeritus at the University of Maryland. Deborah worked full-time in addition to raising a child while she earned her bachelor's degree. She is an information technology coordinator at the University of Maryland Extension.
The Open Doors Scholarship Matching Program triples the impact of endowed scholarships benefitting students enrolled in one of the five programs designed to help students earn their degrees, reduce debt, and excel at Penn State by matching the donor’s gift with a 2:1 permanent match. Minimum gift: $30,000, which becomes an endowment of $90,000 with Penn State’s match.