The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) has announced a $10 million donation, which will increase the opportunities for international students to receive scholarships.
The donation was made by Daniel Sundheim and Brett Sundheim, both alumni of Penn. Of the $10 million, $9 million will be used to establish the Sundheim International Scholars Program, which will provide scholarship support for international undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Penn President Liz Magill: “Attracting the world’s most talented students and providing them with the resources they need to thrive is Penn’s top priority.”
“Daniel and I have always recognized the transformative power of scholarships and the wonderful diversity that international students bring to Penn,” said Brett Sundheim. “We are thrilled to be able to give this gift. Starting this September, the first group of students will receive financial aid, which will reduce their stress and allow them to get more out of their Penn experience!”
Daniel Sundheim, who graduated from the Wharton School at Penn in 1999, and his wife Brett Sundheim, who graduated from Penn with a degree in International Relations, are committed to promoting education and diversity at their alma mater. Brett Sundheim has continued to be actively involved with Penn, serving as a board member of the School of Arts and Sciences.
As the self-proclaimed “university with the most billionaire alumni,” the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has dominated Forbes’ annual ranking of the world’s billionaires. In 2022, Daniel Sundheim made the list with a net worth of $3.2 billion, joining other notable Wharton alumni like Elon Musk, who has topped the list multiple times.
With such impressive achievements, the Wharton School’s global reputation is unmatched. The New York Times has recognized the undergraduate program at the Wharton School as “the closest thing to a Wall Street training camp.” In the 2023 U.S. News ranking of the best undergraduate business programs in America, Wharton once again claimed the top spot.
Penn’s strong alumni network has played a vital role in the development of the University. Since their establishment, they have actively donated to the University and helped the University develop better educational resources and research programs.
With its top-level education, Penn has always been the most competitive and difficult school to be admitted to. It is also the dream school for many outstanding students from all over the world. It is inevitable that it is very popular with international students.In the fall of 2022, there were 12,222 international student applicants, but only 3.5%, or 431, received offers of admission.
The United States in the face of increasing competition for applications
What should students who want to sprint to Penn do to prepare?
The University of Pennsylvania had previously announced an extension of the SAT to the 2023-2024 application season.Penn pointed out that the extension was due to the continued impact of the pandemic. In addition, they also believed that the introduction of SAT may help increase the number of applicants and select more outstanding students.
The standardized optional policy also gives students more choice and autonomy, and they can show their strengths and talents more comprehensively.
According to the University of Penn’s portfolio of students,nearly a third of students were involved in academic research during their high school years- and many students achieved industry-recognized research results.
By participating in research projects, students can follow the world’s top professors or researchers to explore their own areas of interest, and exploring their future professional areas in advance will undoubtedly provide a solid knowledge base for their future university studies.
Secondly, the study of interdisciplinary knowledge involved in the research project can fully demonstrate the students’ learning ability, especially the independent thinking ability and innovation ability of the professional field exploration.
In addition to Penn, other world-renowned universities such as Ivy League universities are also actively expanding their enrollment and support for international students, after Brown University announced that it received $25 million in alumni donations, the largest individual gift for international student financial aid in the school’s history.
With the continuous development and progress of society, Ivy School is also striving to achieve diversity of students, Recruiting international students from different backgrounds, cultures, and subject areas to enrich the diversity and inclusion of the school can enhance the school’s international reputation and influence, and bring new opportunities for development and innovation.