The Leonard and Brenda Aplet Financial Literacy Professorship

Leonard '76 and Brenda Aplet of Scappoose, Ore., have been engaged with 4-H for many years, including leadership at both the local and statewide level; Leonard is currently president of the Oregon 4-H Foundation board. The couple has led efforts to develop a personal finance curriculum for 4-H, and in 2005 they established an endowed scholarship to help Columbia County 4-H members who have an interest in finance and business attend OSU. In 2013 the Aplets decided to extend their 4-H legacy by creating an endowed professorship and programmatic fund that will advance financial literacy education throughout the state.

"Brenda and I are thrilled to be able to help promote financial literacy and feel the Oregon 4-H program is uniquely positioned to lead that effort," Leonard said. "With the strong backing of Oregon State University, the Oregon 4-H program has been a national leader in promoting innovative programs for young people. We are excited to see the financial literacy program unfold and hope that our gift is only the beginning."

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