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Robert Toll

Robert Toll L’66, Chairman and CEO of Toll Brothers, Inc., the nation’s leading builder of luxury homes, has turned his development expertise to the expansion of the Albert and Sylvia Toll Scholarship Fund, which Toll established in 1991 in honor of his parents, and of his father’s love of the law. He has added a significant additional contribution to the fund, which provides scholarships for incoming students.

This additional contribution brings the law school’s ability to attract the best and the brightest of students another step closer to Toll’s goal of ensuring access to a world-class law education to anyone who qualifies for it. “I believe that anyone who wants to go, and gets in, should not have to struggle to both pay for and succeed at the Law School. I believe a scholarship should be provided for anyone and everyone who has a need,” says Toll, who, with his wife Jane GSE’66, has been a longtime champion for education. In 1990 the Tolls joined the Say Yes to Education Program at the Graduate School of Education, an academic intervention program that works to inspire an interest in higher education in at-risk, inner-city students at an early age. The Tolls guaranteed the cost of college or technical school tuition for 58 third graders at the Harrity Elementary School in West Philadelphia – on the condition that the children graduate from high school. To help them prepare for college, Jane worked with the children one day each week, and the Tolls also provided full-time counselors, teachers’ aides and summer programs for the children. These efforts certainly paid off – 32 of the children went to college.

Toll’s exemplary commitment to promoting education and supporting the many causes he believes in is seemingly boundless. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross, Cornell Real Estate School, Seeds of Peace, Abington Hospital, and Beth Shalom Synagogue. And, when he finds a spare moment, Toll is a tireless contributor to the future of Penn Law. A valuable member of the Law School’s Board of Overseers for over a decade, he has served as guest auctioneer for the school’s Equal Justice Foundation Auction and participated on the Diver Committee. Along with his desire to give back to the school which he says taught him invaluable life lessons, Toll has a more immediate reason to be concerned with ensuring the success of Penn Law for generations to come – he has seen his own daughter, Rachel L’03, recently pass through the halls of Penn Law.

With this expansion of the Albert and Sylvia Toll Scholarship Fund, and with his remarkable dedication to promoting education and supporting the growth of the law school, Robert Toll is paving the way for the students who wish to follow his example - and become the builders of a better tomorrow.

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