We invite you to honor your child through the Parents Class of 2017 Senior Gift. Your gift will support both the Provost's Fund for the Enhancement of the Undergraduate Experience and the FGLI Program, making a powerful impact on Penn undergraduate students. Gifts of any amount to the Parents Class of 2017 Senior Gift will be included in an online Honor Roll that will display your name and your student's name in recognition of your support and their graduation. Please click here to make your gift today!

The Provost's Fund for the Enhancement of the Undergraduate Experience at Penn

Parents' collective giving will directly support the Provost's Fund for the Enhancement of the Undergraduate Experience at Penn and gifts to the fund will be unrestricted for Provost initiatives. This fund ensures that all students who follow in your children's footsteps are afforded with the same incredible opportunities - participation in groundbreaking research, leadership in student activity groups and learning from the most accomplished faculty members in their field. Students can petition for funds to start a club or professors can apply to enhance their classes. It is one of the fastest ways to make a difference on campus.

The First Generation, Low Income (FGLI) Program

New for the Class of 2017, the Senior Parent Gift will support the FGLI Program--a program that represents and supports a special population of Penn students. Around 1,000 current students self-identify as FGLI students and arrive on campus with a unique set of needs. Many have never been exposed to the world of higher education before coming to Penn, and need additional support navigating financial aid, moving in to College Houses, and understanding the additional costs beyond tuition of attending college. The FGLI program started in 2016 and works collaboratively with students, staff, and campus partners to address:

  • Economic challenges of working with Student Financial Services
  • Academic advising, study groups, and tutoring needs
  • Internship, interview, and career search assistance
  • Issues related to housing 

Your Senior Parent Gift could help fund:

  • Summer internships, summer classes, and research opportunities. Many students are often unable to participate in summer opportunities that require living in an expensive city to 10-12 weeks. The FGLI program works with Career Services to provide grants to assist students with costs related to summer plans.
  • Co-curricular opportunities. Penn students can enhance their experience by participating in short-term study abroad programs, academic competitions, professional conferences, and volunteer opportunities to build their resumes and grow professional networks. The FGLI program helps students participate in co-curricular opportunities by funding conference and program fees.
  • FGLI lending library. The lending library collects course textbooks for student use if purchasing textbooks are not an option.
  • FGLI Study Groups. The program will bring together small groups of students to focus on a specific course alongside a dedicated tutor from the Tutoring Center and a learning instructor from the Weingarten Learning Resources Center. The program will focus on large-lecture, broad-knowledge introductory courses such as MATH104, ECON101, or BIOL101. These courses are often gateways for progressing with challenging and popular majors, and targeted tutoring and study strategy instruction will help more FGLI students continue on a pre-med or pre-law pathway.

The Class of 2017 Senior Parent Gift will support both of these impactful Penn programs. Please click here to make your gift. Thank you, and congratulations!

 “My son receives strong support from the Penn community; any small part I can play will help also.” Ingrid Allene PAR'14