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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.

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Alisa Ghura

There is a better balance at Penn, and it immediately felt like home.”

Alisa Ghura C’23

Alisa Ghura C’23

Hailing from Washington, D.C., Alisa discovered Penn on a quintessential college road trip. She had already thought about the academic caliber, and the strength in her chosen field of social science. During her fall visit, the Quad and Locust Walk were in their fiery glory as she pictured herself sitting outside doing homework or playing frisbee with friends. She spoke with Penn alumni, and had great conversations with the International Relations department.

“When I came for my Quaker Days, current Penn students chatted with me and were really supportive.”

At Penn, Alisa is a Civic Scholar and finds her social impact work through the Civic House and the Netter Center critical to her identity as a Quaker. She joined the Mock Trial team, and enjoys the experience of developing interpersonal skills while being part of the debate community. Combining fun with focus at Penn, Alisa is already thinking about what’s next and is considering law school so she can have a social impact. But for now, she is enjoying all that college has to offer, and keeping her options open.

Favorite Penn Tradition
Econ Scream in the Quad, the night before midterms when all the freshmen gather in the quad and scream to relieve stress!
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Favorite Place to Eat Near Campus
South Philly Barbacoa, which is owned and run by Mexican immigrants
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