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Torabi and Dussinger Commit $50,000 to Support Honors Education in Smeal

Penn State alumni Farnoosh Torabi ’02 and Tim Dussinger ‘01 have committed $50,000 to establish the Torabi Dussinger Honors Scholarship in the Penn State Smeal College of Business. The goal of the gift is to enhance honors education at the University.
November 13, 2012

Penn State alumni Farnoosh Torabi ’02 and Tim Dussinger ‘01 have committed $50,000 to establish the Torabi Dussinger Honors Scholarship in the Penn State Smeal College of Business. The goal of the gift is to enhance honors education at the University.

Torabi and Dussinger, now husband and wife, are both graduates of Smeal and the Schreyer Honors College. Torabi holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and international studies. She is a personal finance journalist, best-selling author, and television host. Dussinger holds a bachelor’s degree in management science and information systems. He is a software developer.

Torabi and Dussinger are grateful for their experiences at Smeal and as Schreyer Scholars, having first met in their honors business class at Penn State.

“Our experience at Smeal and within the Schreyer Honors College shaped our lives for the better—in more ways than we could have ever imagined,” said Torabi. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to give back to the school and program that helped us thrive so much as students, and now, as proud alumni. We hope this scholarship will help the school continue to attract and support the brightest and best, to help students achieve academic success.”

Charles H. Whiteman, the John and Becky Surma Dean of Smeal, said, “We are very grateful for the support and generosity of young alumni like Farnoosh and Tim. They have made a commitment to ensure that future students have the same quality experience they had as students in Smeal and Schreyer. Their story is a true inspiration for what is possible with a Penn State education.”

"The creation of this scholarship by Farnoosh and Tim speaks volumes about the commitment and success of these two young alumni,” said Dr. Christian M. M. Brady, dean of the Schreyer Honors College. “It is gratifying to see alumni, at this point in their careers, recognizing the impact Penn State has had upon their lives. Farnoosh and Tim are stepping up and making sure that students in the future will be afforded the opportunities they had in Schreyer and Smeal.”

The Torabi Dussinger Honors Scholarship will help the Smeal College of Business to reach its goals in For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students. This University-wide effort is directed toward a shared vision of Penn State as the most comprehensive, student-centered research university in America. The University is engaging Penn State's alumni and friends as partners in achieving six key objectives: ensuring student access and opportunity, enhancing honors education, enriching the student experience, building faculty strength and capacity, fostering discovery and creativity, and sustaining the University's tradition of quality. The campaign's top priority is keeping a Penn State degree affordable for students and families. The For the Future campaign is the most ambitious effort of its kind in Penn State's history, with the goal of securing $2 billion by 2014.

For more information on the For the Future campaign, visit giveto.psu.edu.

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