Klines Seek to Expand Legacy of Giving with Creation of Trustee Scholarship
When Sandra Gutshall Kline was a Penn State undergraduate at the Altoona and University Park campuses, a scholarship eased her family’s financial burden of paying for her college education. Over the years, she never forgot the powerful impact that philanthropy could have on a college student’s goals and ambitions.
So when Kline, a four-year recipient of the Minnie Patton Stayman Scholarship, and her husband David began discussing gift opportunities at Penn State Altoona, she drew inspiration and direction from her own experience.
“I don’t know how my parents could have afforded the costs of my college education without that scholarship,” said Kline, who joined with her husband in making a gift commitment to create the Sandra Gutshall Kline Trustee Scholarship at Penn State Altoona. “My father was a teacher in the Altoona Area School District and my mother was working, but I had four other siblings. Without the scholarship, I just don’t know how we could have done it.”
The Klines, of State College, Pennsylvania, both earned bachelor’s degrees in Education from Penn State in 1964. Sandy, an Altoona native, began her studies at Ivyside Park. David attended the University Park campus for four years. The couple met in a biology class, where they were lab partners. To this day, Sandy Kline describes her two years at Penn State Altoona as “perfect.”
“I enjoyed the intimacy of the classes,” Kline said. “The professors and advisors were very interested in the students. Even the administrators were very involved. They made sure that they knew all the students. It has given me great delight to know that, through our scholarship, others will have opportunities to create the same memorable experience I had.”
In addition to her degree from Penn State, Kline earned a master’s degree in counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, and a counseling certificate from Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Kline taught at Roosevelt Junior High School in Altoona, Pocono Mountain Middle School, and American military dependents’ schools in Germany, Texas, and North Carolina. She also taught English as a second language for the American Embassy in Pusan, South Korea.
A native of Evans City, Pennsylvania, David Kline retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Army in 1987, after a twenty-two-year career. A Vietnam War veteran, he was an airborne advisor in Cambodia. As a student at the University Park campus, Kline was a member of Penn State ROTC, the varsity rifle team, and Sigma Chi fraternity. He has been the fraternity’s advisor since 2001. Kline earned a master’s degree in educational administration from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, and a master’s degree in computer resources management from Webster University, in St. Louis, Missouri.
The Klines owned and managed Hillside Lodge and Resort in the Poconos for fourteen years. After selling the property in 2001, they moved to State College where Sandy Kline operates a private counseling practice and David Kline owns and manages Orchard Park Rentals, a residential real estate company.
All three of the Klines’ children—Major David Cory Kline of Ringoes, New Jersey; Gregory Kline of Gambrills, Maryland; and LeAnne Kline Christiansen of Aalborg, Denmark—are Penn State graduates. The oldest of the couple’s six grandchildren—Brittany Kline—is a first-year student at Penn State Altoona.
The Klines view their philanthropic legacy at Penn State Altoona as an extension of the one created by Minnie Patton Stayman, a philanthropist who established a foundation that has endowed scholarships at college and universities throughout the United States. In that spirit, the Klines said they hope recipients of the Sandra Gutshall Kline Trustee Scholarship will follow their own philanthropic example.
David Kline said, “I hope this scholarship influences young people to continue their college education and to give back to those who follow.”