Gift from Freeport Native to Support Armstrong County Football Players at IUP

Posted on 4/29/2019 3:29:00 PM

As a “thank you” to the Indiana University of Pennsylvania community and to recognize football talent in Armstrong County, George “Butch” Aggen’s family is adding $25,000 to the university’s Imagine Unlimited campaign.

George “Butch” Aggen and his Family

From left: Maria Aggen, Connor Aggen, Butch Aggen, and Grace Aggen

Aggen, a 1976 IUP graduate from Freeport, and his family recently established the Aggen Family Football Scholarship at IUP.

Aggen said his undergraduate and graduate training from IUP helped provide a solid foundation for understanding the importance of teamwork with a commitment to excellence.

“My experiences as an IUP football player and spending summers with Coach Bill Neal working with disabled children impacted my life tremendously,” Aggen said. “Those formative years provided the groundwork for my commitment to education and business.”

A long-time supporter of IUP athletics, Aggen is a 2002 inductee into the IUP Athletics Hall of Fame and a 2013 inductee of the Armstrong County Sports Hall of Fame. Aggen, who played nose guard and middle linebacker from 1973 to 1976, still holds the IUP record for career tackles.

The Aggen family gift is earmarked for IUP football players graduating from Armstrong County high schools. Redshirt sophomore running back Duane Brown, a standout player at Apollo-Ridge High School, is the first recipient of the scholarship. Brown was recognized at the Armstrong County Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner on April 28. 

IUP’s $75-million Imagine Unlimited Campaign will enable IUP to step forward as a national leader by transforming the student experience through scholarships, program enhancements, and new and modernized facilities. Science and mathematics initiatives are a focal point of the campaign, which includes a new building to serve all students in the study of mathematics and science.  A capstone of the campaign has been a $23-million gift from John and Char Kopchick, alumni from Indiana and Armstrong counties, respectively, and now of Athens, Ohio. John Kopchick is the coinventor of the drug Somavert.