Needy Philadelphia public school graduates who want to attend Pennsylvania State University could get a boost from a new scholarship fund.
Philadelphia-area philanthropist Brook J. Lenfest has pledged $7 million to establish the scholarship endowment, the university said this week. The gift expands on existing scholarship support that Lenfest has provided the last decade to Philadelphia public school students attending Penn State.
"No hardworking student should be prevented from receiving a college degree because they cannot pay," said Lenfest, chairman of communications service provider NetCarrier Inc. and a real estate investor and developer.
Students who attend a Mastery Charter School or participate in the Philadelphia Futures mentoring program will get first preference, followed by other graduates of Philadelphia public high schools, the university said.