The University of Pennsylvania Law School is bolstering its public interest scholarships and loan repayment assistance with a $3 million donation from Robert and Jane Toll.
The gift establishes the Toll Public Service Corps—a group of public service-minded students who receive full or partial scholarships. Additionally, the donation will create the Alumni Impact Awards, which will help Penn alumni in public service jobs to pay off their educational loans.
“With these new and expanded programs, even more Penn Law graduates will have the opportunity to serve and advocate on behalf of those who need it most,” Robert Toll said in an announcement of the gift.
The Tolls are longtime supporters of public interest initiatives at the Philadelphia school. They donated $10 million to Penn Law in 2006, after which its public interest program was renamed the Toll Public Interest Center. The couple gave another $2.5 million in 2011 to expand the loan forgiveness program for Penn grads who take public interest jobs, boost pro bono programs, and fund summer jobs for students who plan to pursue public interest careers.
The Tolls followed that up with another $2.5 million gift in 2015, also for public service initiatives.
Robert Toll graduated from Penn Law in 1966 before embarking on a successful career in construction. (He’s the executive chairman of homebuilder Toll Brothers Inc.) He’s also a longtime member of the school’s Board of Overseers. Jane Toll graduated from Penn’s School of Education that same year.
“This generous gift from the Tolls further increases access for Penn Law students to pursue impactful public service careers,” said Penn Law Dean Ted Ruger. “The law school prides itself on its public service ethos, and this gift supports us in strengthening that commitment.”
The Tolls’ latest gift will increase the number of Toll Public Interest Scholars, who are J.D. students with public service ambitions who receive full-tuition scholarships for all three years of law school. The donation will also establish new scholarships for second- and third-year students.