Honorarily named academic scholarships have a way of creating weighty expectations, and that can’t but be the case for one created this past winter by the University in collaboration with the Tau Chapter of Psi Upsilon fraternity. The Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III Memorial Scholarship will provide financial support to an undergraduate in the College who would otherwise be unable to meet the cost of a Penn education.

Biden C’91 passed away last year at the age of 46 after a battle with brain cancer. The widely admired eldest son of Vice President Joseph Biden served two terms as attorney general of Delaware, received a Bronze Star for his service with the Delaware National Guard in Iraq in 2008, and was posthumously given the Legion Award of Merit for service to his country. The scholarship will be given to a student demonstrating civic engagement and leadership in public service.

“Beau was an extraordinary human being, and his legacy at Penn and beyond is one of leadership and service,” said Steven J. Fluharty, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. “I am certain that the young men and women who benefit from the Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III Memorial Scholarship will consider it an incredible honor—something to live up to.”

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