Representatives from the KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) Foundation and the University gathered Oct. 2 to celebrate a partnership that provides Penn with new resources to recruit KIPP students, underwrite their financial aid, and offer them targeted support once they get to campus. The effort is supported by a $2.5 million gift from Martha and Bruce Karsh of Los Angeles.
Citing the core Jewish belief of Tikkun Olam -- that it's everyone's responsibility to heal the world -- President Amy Gutmann thanked the Karshes and said their gift will make Penn a better place for underserved students and encourage their success.
"It's what we're about at Penn," Gutmann said. "Education is absolutely essential to healing the world."
Each year, beginning in 2013-14, Penn will enroll 12-15 KIPP students who meet admissions requirements, forming an even larger KIPP community at Penn that will offer support through college.
Photos by Scott Spitzer