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Ways to Give

We are committed to putting educational opportunity within reach of all students. Your support makes this possible.

Penn is committed to meeting the increasing needs of talented students, for whom an Ivy-League education would not be possible without financial aid. Matching funds promote more giving opportunities and expand the impact of our donors who share in this commitment. We invite you to join us in supporting future generations of exceptional students who, if given the opportunity, can change the world.

Scholarship Giving Opportunities

Men & Women of Pennsylvania $2 Million

Creates a Men & Women of Pennsylvania Scholarship or challenge fund.
Your gift of $1.5 million can be matched with $500,000 to create a Men and Women of Pennsylvania Challenge Fund.

$1 Million

Creates a scholarship supporting the average grant need of one student each year in perpetuity.
Your gift of $850,000 may be matched with up to $150,000 in challenge funds.

$500,000

Creates a scholarship providing half of the average grant need of one student each year in perpetuity.
Your gift of $400,000 may be matched with up to $100,000 in challenge funds.

$300,000

Creates a scholarship providing a quarter of the average grant need of one student each year in perpetuity.
Your gift of $250,000 may be matched with up to $50,000 in challenge funds.

$125,000

Creates a scholarship in support of one student each year in perpetuity.

Young alumni scholarship $75,000

The Young Alumni Scholarship is available up to 10 years after graduation.
Your gift of $75,000 may be matched with up to $75,000 in challenge funds to create a scholarship supporting one student each year in perpetuity.

Create a Challenge Fund

Our ability to leverage matching dollars that increase the power of endowed scholarships is made possible by the generous support of challenge fund donors. The impact of these gifts has been a hallmark of the undergraduate financial aid program and a significant factor in Penn’s unprecedented success in funding this core priority.

A gift of $500,000 can create a challenge fund that will encourage up to 10 other donors to make a scholarship gift. Challenge fund donors are recognized in the same manner as endowed funds. Donors will be assigned scholars each year in perpetuity.

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International Financial Aid

In higher education, excellence goes hand in hand with diversity. Universities who think globally will shape the strongest leaders. Penn seeks the most talented undergraduate students, from the widest range of backgrounds and from countries all over the world, and has made a commitment to supporting admitted international students through generous financial aid.

International students enrich the Penn community by offering unique voices, life experiences, and perspectives. The presence of international students on campus prepares Penn students for the society of the future—a society that is becoming increasingly diverse and global.

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Planned Giving

Plan a gift in your will to support undergraduate financial aid and educate the next generation of leaders. By creating a bequest that creates an endowed scholarship at Penn or support the undergraduate financial aid program, you ensure that students with the talent and ambition to succeed are given the opportunity to do so.

Contact the Office of Gift Planning at 215.898.6171 or giftplan@dev.upenn.edu, or visit powerofpenn.upenn.edu/gift-planning to learn about the many ways to support student financial aid.

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Penn First Plus

With Penn First Plus, the University of Pennsylvania significantly expands its strong commitment to students who represent the first generation in their families to attend college and/or have significant financial need. Donors interested in supporting this important and comprehensive initiative are encouraged to learn more about Penn First Plus and the ways to provide support.

Tochi Speaking at Scholarship Celebration
Scholar

Tochi, C’19

“I now fully understand and appreciate the unique opportunities that Penn offers its students.”

Make a lasting impact on a student’s life.

By endowing a scholarship, you can support future generations of Penn students who, if given the opportunity, can change the world.

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