As a native Pennsylvanian, Hayley grew up dreaming of one day becoming a Penn Quaker. After her acceptance as an Early Decision applicant, she realized that Penn’s financial aid and scholarship program – supported by donors like you – made it possible for her to attend the University of her dreams as a first-generation, low-income student. Ever since stepping foot on campus, countless doors of opportunity have been opened for her. Most recently, Hayley completed an internship with the office of Senator Bob Casey and enrolled as a student in a course taught by former Governor Ed Rendell. Likewise, she was afforded the opportunity to participate in Penn for Youth Debate, a student-run organization providing local Philadelphia students with the tools to learn and participate in the art of debate. When she reflects on her years on campus, a highlight that comes to mind is her experience studying abroad in Belgium and immersing herself in another culture – a once-in-a-lifetime trip fully supported by the University.
As a recent graduate and young alumna, Hayley is continuously thankful for her beautiful campus and time as a proud Penn Quaker. Hayley feels The Penn Fund has impacted her college experience in so many ways, and she sees the positive effects of alumni support all over campus. As a previous co-chair for Seniors for The Penn Fund, Hayley was able to demonstrate donor impact to the student body and bring stronger awareness to undergraduate student’s ability to join in philanthropy to the University in the years following graduation.