Follow George's Path
During George’s sophomore year at the University of Pennsylvania, his fraternity hosted a Christmas party for 12 low-income neighborhood boys. George befriended them, playing pool and basketball and inviting them to Penn football games. After graduating and working for a few years, George returned to take these boys to lunch, and learned that all 12, inspired by the friendship with him, had graduated high school. At that moment, George decided he would provide opportunities for underserved youth through education.
George believes that access to post-secondary education can truly change lives, especially for students facing enormous social and financial challenges. He created Say Yes to Education in 1987 with a promise to pay the full costs of college or vocational training for 112 students at the Belmont Elementary School, located in one of Philadelphia's most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Today, Say Yes to Education scholarships and supports are available to 140,000 students in New York, Connecticut, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
In addition to founding and growing Say Yes to Education, George has given generously to the University of Pennsylvania, endowing scholarships and professorships, and funding academic and athletic centers.
“What if an entire community came together to ensure that each of its children had the opportunity to go to college? That is the promise of Say Yes to Education.”
George’s philanthropy is not limited to education. He is a trustee at Penn Medicine, and founded the Orphan Disease Pathway Project and the Orphan Disease Center, to partner with Penn Medicine to find cures and treatments for rare diseases. Other initiatives by George include a partnership with Stand Up to Cancer to provide resources for transformative cancer research.
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