Giving Priorities: Students

Changing Lives Through Undergraduate Scholarships

Scholarships transform students’ lives. By making the promise of a world-class education a reality for the most talented students, regardless of social and economic background, scholarships at Penn open doors to a brighter future for thousands every year.

Now that Penn has substituted grants for loans in all financial-aid packages, no Penn student need graduate with an insupportable burden of debt. The College of Arts and Sciences—home to more than two-thirds of all Penn undergraduates—shoulders most of the cost of this vital commitment through its annual operating budget. Every dollar of scholarship support in the College not only makes a Penn education possible for a deserving student, but also gives the School the opportunity to direct funds to other important needs.

Giving opportunities in support of undergraduate student aid:

  • $2 million creates a Men and Women of Pennsylvania Scholarship or challenge fund. Your $1.5 million gift can be matched with $500,000 in challenge funds.
  • $1 million creates a scholarship supporting one high-need student each year in perpetuity. Your gift of $850,000 can be matched with $150,000 in challenge funds.
  • $500,000 creates a scholarship meeting the average grant need of one student each year in perpetuity. Your gift of $400,000 can be matched with $100,000 in challenge funds.
  • $300,000 creates a scholarship providing more than half of the average grant need of one student each year in perpetuity. Your gift of $250,000 can be matched with $50,000 in challenge funds.
  • $150,000 creates a scholarship supporting one student each year in perpetuity. Your gift of $125,000 can be matched with $25,000 in challenge funds.
  • $75,000 endows a Young Alumni Scholarship. Your gift of $75,000 will be matched with $75,000 in challenge funds to create a scholarship supporting one student each year in perpetuity. This option is available to alumni up to 10 years after graduation.

We invite you to join us in supporting future generations of first-rate students who, if given the opportunity, can change the world.

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