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New Gift Boosts Low-Income Student Resources

Penn Nursing has a reputation for ensuring enough financial aid for its students to make an education at the #1-ranked school of nursing in the world accessible to everyone—but tuition costs are only one part of the equation. Thanks to a new gift from José Ramon Gonzalez, W’89 and Christine Ann Soto, C’89 to the Student Success Fund, students in need have additional resources to experience a full Penn Nursing educational experience.

The Student Success Fund, launched in 2019, provides non-tuition financial support to under-resourced students, with consideration given to first-generation and under-represented students. A Penn Nursing education is more than just the curricula taught—it includes study-abroad opportunities, summer coursework, research projects, and more.

José Ramon Gonzalez, W’89 and Christine Ann Soto, C’89José Ramon Gonzalez, W’89 and Christine Ann Soto, C’89Soto says, “As two first generation college students, Jose and I are thrilled to support the Student Success Fund. Schools like Penn have a moral and ethical duty to ensure access and equity in education for all. A Penn education laid the foundation to our pathway to success. We believe all Penn students deserve that opportunity.”

Soto and Gonzalez are both members of the James Brister Society, a diverse group of University of Pennsylvania alumni volunteer leaders. Additionally, Gonzalez was recently appointed to the Penn Nursing Board of Advisors.

“I am incredibly grateful to José and Christine for their leadership not only at Penn Nursing but to the wider university community,” says Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Penn Nursing is known for doing more—as clinicians, scientists, policy makers, and beyond—to make high quality health and wellness care more accessible. That starts with doing more for our students to help them develop into highly skilled nurses. Thanks to the Student Success Fund and this new support from José and Christine, our students have access to all the tools they need to fearlessly lead in the workforce, regardless of financial status.”

For information about supporting the Student Success Fund, please contact Josh Nay, Senior Director of Development and Alumni Engagement, at (215) 898-1942 or