ABINGTON, Pa. — The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust awarded a combined grant of $103,000 for student scholarships to Penn State Abington and Penn State Brandywine. The grant award builds on a history of funding to Penn State totaling almost $5 million since 1984.
Scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $7,000 each will be available to qualified full-time Abington and Brandywine students with unmet financial need who are residents of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery or Philadelphia counties or Camden, New Jersey. The $103,000 total will be split evenly between the two campuses, and the scholarships will be awarded to students in the 2018-19 academic year.
This is the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust’s first scholarship grant to Abington; however, the organization has supported Brandywine students for nearly 27 years and was recently presented the Community Partner Award at Brandywine’s 50th Anniversary Gala for its long-term partnership, philanthropy and support of the campus.
“We are encouraged by Penn State's continued efforts to make quality undergraduate education both affordable and accessible for students enrolled at the Brandywine and Abington campuses. In addition to recent investments to expand academic offerings and facilities, both campuses have allocated funds for social support resources such as food cupboards and social work personnel to help students overcome economic barriers that may otherwise interrupt their educational pursuits,” said Brian Jones, grant administrator at the trust.
“Penn State’s thoughtful and comprehensive approach to student success is greatly aligned with the W. W. Smith's mission, and we are pleased to continue this partnership.”