Alumna Creates Scholarship for Students from NE Pennsylvania

A $1 million endowment gift from Carol A. Kiryluk, CW’68, of Key Biscayne, Florida, will establish a new scholarship fund for students from northeastern Pennsylvania to attend the University of Pennsylvania.

The scholarship fund—named in memory of Kiryluk’s mother, Ann Mae Mankausky Kiryluk—will provide financial aid to academically qualified undergraduate students hailing from Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, or from the state’s other northeastern counties, including Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, Bradford, Sullivan, Wayne, Pike, Monroe, and Carbon.

Kiryluk, who graduated in 1968 from what was then known as the College for Women (now part of Penn’s College of Arts and Sciences), grew up in Nicholson, a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania. She credits attending the University of Pennsylvania with broadening her horizons and providing the base for her career in the international arena. With this endowment, it is her intention to support students from her home region in realizing their future successes as a result of attending Penn without undue financial burdens.

Penn’s commitment to all-grant financial aid and need-blind admission means that every Penn student is accepted without regard to a student’s ability to pay the costs of attending. Named endowed scholarships, such as the one Kiryluk has established, contribute to the University’s ability to honor this commitment.

“Ms. Kiryluk’s generosity is making it possible for promising young people from the state of Pennsylvania, who would otherwise not have the means, to receive not just an education—an incredible gift in and of itself—but an education at the University of Pennsylvania,” said Steven J. Fluharty, Dean of Penn Arts and Sciences. “We are grateful to Ms. Kiryluk for her remarkable generosity and delighted we could help honor the memory of her mother, Ann Mae Mankausky Kiryluk, in such a meaningful way.”