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Bold Ambitions: The Campaign for Penn Law

The $175 million Bold Ambitions campaign sets five principal goals. Among the most important is to raise $65 million for financial aid. Penn Law School needs this money if it wants to continue to attract academic stars, who have many options. As of now, 80 percent of Penn Law students need support either through scholarships or loans. Yet Penn offers the least financial aid of the top 10 law schools. Only 23 percent of scholarship support comes from dedicated endowed funds. The rest must be funded by the general operating budget. The shortfall in financial aid also constrains graduates from pursuing careers in government and public service, with only four to five percent taking this route. This campaign will change that, as we are already beginning to see with the Robert and Jane Toll Public Interest Scholars Program, which funds student scholarships and expands the Toll Loan Repayment Assistant Program (TollRap) for alumni in public interest careers. Two such alumni, Matt Brady, L’05, and Scott Torguson, L’04, are taking advantage of the TollRap program, and are free to do the kind of work that they really want to do, and that the world needs.

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