When Carrie Walton Penner (C’92) and Gregory Boyd Penner (F’92) were deciding how to support Georgetown with their most recent gift, they knew that ensuring financial accessibility and equitable opportunity would be the focus.
“Through the years, we have dedicated our philanthropy to projects that help students reach their full potential,” Carrie Walton Penner said in 2017 as she announced a $10 million gift to Georgetown from the Penner Family Foundation.The Penners made a “to and through” gift—one that not only supports scholarships, enabling students to say “yes” to Georgetown, but also provides resources to help ensure that every student who enrolls can engage in the full range of experiences that make a Georgetown education unique.
With donors like the Penners leading the way, the university’s philanthropic community has committed more than $200 million across the last three fiscal years to ensure that talented students can both afford Georgetown and fully engage in their education once they’re here.
“Ensuring that the very best students can come to Georgetown has always been our highest priority. This commitment enables us to fulfill our mission as a leading university—deepening our impact on the world, on the lives of our young people, and enhancing the experience of our entire community,” says Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia.