Sue Paterno Donates $100,000 To Support Students Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
Sue Paterno has donated $100,000 to support Penn State students in need amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Half of her gift will be donated to the Student Care & Advocacy Emergency Fund to support students who have been impacted the most by the crisis, while the other half will benefit the Lion’s Pantry, Penn State’s on-campus food bank.
“All of our lives have been changed and challenged by the far-reaching effects of COVID-19,” Paterno said in a release. “No one can foresee how our students will be impacted, but we must do what we can to help them as they pursue their educational goals.”
President Eric Barron added leadership and advocacy such as Paterno’s are needed now more than ever.
“Through her gift, Sue not only becomes the most generous donor to date in our efforts to get support to these students as quickly as possible, she also creates an inspiring model for the entire Penn State community with her belief that we can rise to this challenge through our shared faith in our students and our shared hopes for their future,” Barron said.
Paterno graduated from Penn State in 1962 and has since supported many university programs, along with her late husband and former football coach, Joe Paterno. The couple launched the university’s Paterno Fellows program and numerous other programs around campus.
“We look forward to the day we can welcome them back to their respective campuses,” Paterno wrote. “Our goal is to inspire others in the Penn State and local community to join in our efforts to assist students in unprecedented times of challenge.”
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Provost Nick Jones said Penn State doesn’t plan on mandating vaccines ahead of the fall semester.
Students can begin selecting alternative grades starting Wednesday, May 12.
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