On October 28, Penn’s Undergraduate Named Scholarship Program hosted its annual fall celebration, although in a new way than ever before. Completely online due to the pandemic, the virtual event—hosted by President Amy Gutmann—recognized the University’s generous scholarship donors and the students whose lives have been transformed because of them. President Gutmann spoke about Penn’s unwavering commitment to supporting students in the time of COVID-19, and especially those students who receive financial aid.
The event began with a short video featuring Penn students from all over the world, who shared their stories about how financial aid has affected their lives and how they have continued to be supported by Penn during the pandemic. True to tradition of these Celebrations, two students—Chaim, ENG’21 and Toni-Ann, ENG’21— also provided very personal, touching remarks of gratitude about their journeys to Penn and all they have been able to achieve while attending the University.
Before closing with a singalong to “The Red and the Blue” with Penn Glee Club, President Gutmann noted how scholarships provide the means for students to seek their highest calling—all the more so as we navigate the current “new normal.”
“No gift is greater, no gift is more life-changing than financial aid for Penn students,” President Gutmann said. “From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much.”