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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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While our time at the University is finite, we have an opportunity and responsibility to connect with and support future generations of students.”

Eddie Kiev C’24

Eddie Kiev C’24

Like many undergraduates, Eddie was drawn to Penn’s interdisciplinary academic structure, which enables students to enroll in a diverse array of classes across the University’s acclaimed schools. “As a student in the College, I’ve also been able to take numerous classes at Wharton. Penn students have access to the best instruction in the world in business, engineering, nursing, and more, which helps us determine our academic interests and our paths forward after graduation.” Eddie’s major in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics is by nature interdisciplinary, and has allowed him to explore a broad range of subjects and study with renowned professors and talented peers. This synthesis of diverse topics has practical, real-world applications: “The careers we pursue outside the University won’t solely involve economics, or politics, or any one field. There will always be multiple components to every project, and having a holistic understanding of different disciplines and how they work together helps prepare us for future opportunities and challenges.”

Eddie’s appreciation for interdisciplinary learning extends to his extracurricular activities, as well. At the start of his Penn experience, he became involved in Penn Hillel and the Varsity rowing team. He has also mentored incoming undergraduates as a freshman peer advisor; contributed to Penn’s food magazine, Penn Appétit; and served as a member of Seniors for The Penn Fund. His interest in meaningful philanthropy has further blossomed through his participation in Sharing Excess, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization with a mission to increase equitable access to nutritious meals and eliminate food waste. Eddie founded the Penn chapter of Sharing Excess, through which he and his team distribute thousands of pounds of donated food throughout the West Philadelphia community. “Our food distribution drives help those in need, while also helping to reduce carbon emissions by ensuring food is consumed and kept out of landfills. This can sustainably benefit our neighborhoods and our planet.”

As he looks ahead to life after graduation, Eddie is excited to join the Penn alumni community which has inspired him throughout his academic journey. “I think it’s important to remember that while our time at the University is finite, we will remain part of the Penn community as alumni for a lifetime. We have an opportunity and responsibility to connect with and help support future generations of students.”

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Favorite Penn Tradition
Feb Club!
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Favorite Penn Class
Negotiations with Professor Rachel Krol in The Wharton School
Favorite Spot On Campus
When the weather is nice, I like to sit outside on the ARCH patio. I love to see the activity on Locust Walk and all the people walking by.
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