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 dollar raised, we measure impact by the stories, ideas, and possibilities that exist because of giving.

The Giving Season All Year Long

For the Moyer family, giving is not just a season that comes with decorated trees and wrapped gifts, but rather a lifestyle of dedicating time, talent, and treasure to Penn State.

From the University’s Air Force ROTC program to dancing at THON, their Penn State connections come from many angles. But while their interests are varied, the Moyers share a dedication to giving back—and a love for Penn State that spans generations.

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Service and Success

The Open Doors Scholarship Program is already having an impact in the lives of Penn State students like Sergeant Jacquiline Cana, a veteran and now Army reservist in her senior year at Penn State’s Eberly College of Science

Jacquiline plans to complete her degree in biology, take a gap year to study for the MCAT, and return to the military as a physician after earning her M.D.—all ambitions that would not have been possible without the Dr. Edwin L. Hemwall Open Doors Scholarship she received through the Complete Penn State program.

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Local Students, Global Leaders

With his record-setting commitment to Penn State Abington, Stephen Taub supports a vision for a world where students from all socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds have the opportunity to excel.

Stephen Taub, ’73

The Taub Endowments—created with a $17.3 million bequest—will provide need-based scholarships and global engagement programs at Penn State Abington.

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A Student of the World

Now an agribusiness coordinator in Uganda with the Peace Corps, Penn State alumna Katie Fiorillo says her experiences abroad are making her a better global and American citizen.

Katie Fiorillo standing between two flags

In 2016, Katie spent her summer as a participant in the University’s Division of Development and Alumni Relations Internship Program. After a presentation on the SEGA Girls School in Tanzania, she found inspiration that changed the course of her professional—and personal—life.

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