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Since 1927, gifts to The Penn Fund—from undergraduate alumni and parents like you—have made a profound and immediate impact on all aspects of student life and learning at the University by providing grant-based financial aid packages to undergraduates, supporting enhancements to academic programs and campus technology, and fostering community through student clubs and organizations. This longstanding tradition of loyal generosity allows donors to support the University’s greatest needs and highest priorities through the general fund, long-term scholarship support, and special reunion class projects.

How do we support Undergraduates at Penn?

Undergraduate Financial Aid
Residential and Campus Life
Academic Enhancement
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Undergraduate Financial Aid and Access

The Penn Fund is one of the University’s primary vehicles for raising support to address emerging campus priorities and deliver assistance where it is needed most—providing instant and direct resources to all aspects of undergraduate student life and learning.

Financial aid for undergraduates is a crucial component of The Penn Fund, with contributions strengthening a wide array of assistance across the University.

The Penn Fund – General Purpose benefits core priorities across the University especially pertaining to undergraduate financial aid, academic enhancement, and campus and student life.

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Furthermore, there are opportunities to direct your philanthropy to the following important areas—and your gift will also count toward The Penn Fund.

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The funds below represent some of those that may be of interest when considering how to make an impact.

The Fund for Penn First Plus

The Fund for Penn First Plus benefits the highest priority initiatives for first generation students by creating a home base on campus, and resources to prepare, support, and retain current Quakers.

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The University Life General Fund

The University Life General Fund provides this important campus division with ample flexibility to address pressing needs, meet unexpected challenges, and pursue new initiatives that benefit Penn undergraduate students.  University Life fosters memorable activities, leadership opportunities, and supportive communities that help current Quakers learn, grow, and reach their fullest potential.

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The James Brister Society Emergency Grant Fund

The James Brister Society Emergency Grant Fund provides aid to any student for sudden, compelling, and unanticipated needs due to a change in financial circumstances.

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The James Brister Society Endowed Scholarship Fund

The James Brister Society Endowed Scholarship Fund benefits talented undergraduate students who need financial assistance to attend the University, with preference for students of color.

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The Black Alumni Society Honoring Legends Fund

The Black Alumni Society Honoring Legends Fund supports several key campus-based initiatives which positively impact the ongoing presence and experience of African-American students, faculty, administrators, and staff at the University.

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University of Pennsylvania Asian Alumni Network United Future Fund

The University of Pennsylvania Asian Alumni Network United Future Fund will support UPAAN’s mission through enhancing the academic and career development of Asian and Pacific Islander students.

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The W.E.B. DuBois College House Endowed Scholarship Fund

The W.E.B. DuBois College House Endowed Scholarship Fund provides financial support to upperclassman residents of the W.E.B. DuBois College House who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership abilities, and commitment.

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The COVID-19 Special Response Funds for Undergraduates

The COVID-19 Special Response Funds provide support for emergency and ongoing financial needs for undergraduate students due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Give to the International Undergraduates Fund

The International Financial Aid Fund

The International Financial Aid Fund provides financial aid to international undergraduate students through gifts that allow Penn to support those who are exceptional and honor the University’s legacy of diversity, inclusion, and excellence.

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The Huntsman International Scholarship Fund

The Huntsman International Scholarship Fund provides financial support for international students in the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business.

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The Association of Latino Alumni Emergency Fund

The Association of Latino Alumni Emergency Fund provides support to students facing an immediate financial crisis, with a preference for Latino undergraduates.

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The Association of Latino Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Association of Latino Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund supports two talented undergraduate students per year who need financial assistance to attend the University, with preference for Latino students.

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There are many ways to keep in touch with the University in today’s remote environment. Check out upcoming virtual events and digital resources available for Penn alumni by visiting alumni.upenn.edu/govirtual.

Make it a red and blue dream come true.

Penn undergraduate alumni and parents have the opportunity to make a real difference for those who follow in their footsteps or their own students who attend the University today. Participation at any level will create a direct and immediate impact on campus.

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