5 Penn students get prizes up to $150K for service projects

Five seniors at the University of Pennsylvania have received awards worth up to $150,000 to carry out community service projects after they graduate.

Penn announced the recipients of the inaugural President’s Engagement Prizes on Wednesday.

The winning ventures include a rainwater catchment and purification system in Kenya and an empowerment network for girls in U.S. high schools and middle schools.

President Amy Gutmann says the world needs “forward-thinking students like these tackling some of society’s most pressing issues.”

Each recipient gets $50,000 for living expenses and as much as $100,000 for project implementation.

A group of university trustees endowed the prizes, which will be given annually at the Ivy League school in Philadelphia.

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