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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 immediate and meaningful resources to all aspects of undergraduate student life and learning.
The Penn Fund—General Purpose benefits core priorities across the University especially pertaining to undergraduate financial aid, academic enhancement, and campus and student life.
Furthermore, there are opportunities to direct your philanthropy to the following important areas also primarily benefitting crucial financial aid and access—and your gift will still count toward The Penn Fund.
Select Giving Opportunities within The Penn Fund
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 providing resources to prepare, support, and retain current Quakers.
The University Life Fund
The University Life 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.
The Access and Retention Fund
The Access and Retention Fund enables emergency and opportunity funding meant to cover one-time, unexpected expenses such as technology needs, clothing needs, minor medical expenses, or emergency travel. Opportunities that qualify for this type of funding should reinforce undergraduate students’ academic pursuits during their present degree programs, such as training, academic conferences, professional school entrance exams, or test prep.
The I-Care Program Gift Fund
The I-Care Program Gift Fund provides interactive gatekeeper training for students, faculty, and staff that builds a caring community with the skills and resources to intervene with student stress, distress, and crisis.
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.
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 a preference for students of color.
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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Association of Latino Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund
The Association of Latino Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund supports two talented students per year who need financial assistance to attend the University with a preference for Latino undergraduates.
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Penn COVID-19 Response
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Antiracist Education and Action
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Virtual Event Offerings
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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.