Impact Stories

When it comes to giving, it’s the people who count.

Every gift to Penn State starts and ends with a person. And while we measure campaign progress by the dollars raised, we measure impact by the stories, ideas, and possibilities that exist because of giving.

Focused on the Future

When many companies and organizations cancelled in-person summer learning opportunities due to COVID-19, the Student Engagement Network stepped forward to keep students on track to their dreams.

Here are the stories of three undergraduates who have received grants to reimagine their plans for the summer of 2020.

A Light in the Darkness

“It's inspiring to witness firsthand how the Penn State community has come together to support those facing scary and uncertain times.” — Sayre Bradley, Penn State Lion’s Pantry President

As many students face emergency need through the COVID-19 crisis, their peers are offering solidarity through remote support of the Penn State Lion’s Pantry.

Ambition + Talent x Philanthropy = STEM Success

“It can be challenging as a minority student to enter the STEM fields, where you don’t often meet people who share your background or look like you.” –Ana De La Fuente Duran

Thanks to the Millennium Scholars Program and the support of Eberly College of Science alumnus Steve Mahle and his wife, Kathi Austin Mahle, Duran and other talented students from underrepresented communities are finding each other and a path to the future at Penn State.

Stocking Shelves and Changing Lives

Across the Commonwealth, student volunteers dedicate their time to fight food insecurity at Penn State.

Hear from a few of the executives of University Park’s Lion’s Pantry who work tirelessly to make sure that among all of the challenges of being a student, going hungry isn’t one of them.