Q & A
When does the match begin?
All gifts made on and after July 1, 2016, will be matched until all available funds are expended. Match dollars will be transferred twice each year (at fiscal and calendar year-end).
How do I make a gift?
To make an immediate gift online, select the yellow GIVE TODAY button in the top right corner of the page, or click here. Choose the "Scholarships" radio button. If you would like to learn more about creating a new scholarship, please contact our office for an appointment at 717-531-8497 or by email. Find out more ways to give here.
Is there a minimum or maximum donation amount?
We will match any gift between $1,000 and $2 million. The match can be utilized to augment an annual gift or pledge for scholarship support.
What about multi-year pledges?
When we receive a donor’s signed pledge paperwork that reflects annual payments of at least $1,000, we will encumber the full match amount for the multi-year pledge. When annual payments are received, the matching amount will be transferred to the designated scholarship fund.
Can I fulfill my $1,000 commitment through multiple annual payments (i.e., monthly or quarterly)?
No. Only one-time gifts of $1,000 or more are eligible for the match.
I work for a matching gift company. Will my employer’s contribution also qualify for the match?
Yes. The College of Medicine will match both contributions, provided they are each $1,000 or more.
Can I take advantage of the match more than once?
A donor may make multiple gifts or commitments that are match eligible until the challenge ends.
Are deferred gifts, including bequests, eligible to receive the match?
What if a donor pledges to create a scholarship but doesn’t fulfill the pledge commitment?
If a donor does not fulfill the minimum amount to endow a new scholarship within five years, any pledge payments and secured match dollars previously received toward that scholarship will be redirected to an existing scholarship of the donor’s choice, including the Penn State College of Medicine General Scholarship Fund.
Please feel free to email or call us at 717-531-8497, and thank you for considering this incredible match opportunity! We promise your return on investment will be meaningful and tangible.