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2021 Class Gift To Create Penn State Student Access & Equity Fund

The Class of 2021 has voted to use its Class Gift to create Penn State’s first-ever Student Access And Equity Fund, the university announced Wednesday.

The fund will support individuals who “contribute to the diversity of the student body” and are unexpectedly in need of help affording expenses not covered through financial aid.

“I cannot wait to see the class of 2021 unite in support of the Student Access and Equity Fund and the positive impact it will have on our campus and Penn State students,” Student Philanthropy Network President Rachel Bruning said. “I hope that our peers are similarly excited about the gift and its purpose — ensuring that our class’ legacy is one defined by our working together to create the most inclusive and equitable Penn State.”

The gift will largely be funded through gifts from students graduating in May, August, or December 2021. Those interested in donating to the Class of 2021’s gift can text “ClassGift2021” to 41444 or visit the Student Philanthropy Network’s Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter pages.

“With this gift, the legacy of the class of 2021 will be a collective dedication to ensuring that an equitable student experience at this University is possible, that our communities are inclusive, and that every Penn Stater hears their name when we call out ‘We Are Penn State,’” said Liam Parrish, executive director of the 2021 Class Gift Campaign.

This year’s Class Gift voting featured just two options. The other choice would’ve been support for Complete Penn State, a program that supports students who’ve encountered financial or personal hardships that threaten to end their academic journeys.

Last year, seniors voted to fund Penn State’s Counseling and Psychological Services — the same gift funded by the Class of 2016.

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