The awards began in 2015 and are part of the university’s commitment to student engagement under Penn Compact 2020, a three-fold university initiative that emphasizes innovation, inclusion, and impact.
“This policy will allow the universities to better plan, budget and allocate their resources over multiple years, helping to ensure their long-term stability and success,” board chairwoman Cynthia Shapira said in a statement.
Adrianna Branin, a South Philadelphia native and 2016 graduate of Franklin Learning Center in the city’s Spring Garden section said she was “honored, starstruck..." by the award, which celebrates students who help combat sexual assault.
The funds, contributed by Greg S. Bentley, the CEO of Exton-based software development company Bentley Systems, and his wife, Caroline Bentley, will be used to transform Calhoun Hall, a student residence already under construction, into Greg and Caroline Bentley Hall, a dorm for honors students.
The deadlocked jury couldn’t make a unanimous decision on any of the charges facing Khaliyfa Neely, 37, including murder, possession of a criminal instrument with intent, and aggravated assault. Prosecutors intend to retry him.