Supporting Student-Athletes

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Track & Field student-athletes meet Nittany Lion Club members at last year's Thank-a-Thon

The mission of the Nittany Lion Club is to provide annual scholarships to support Penn State University student-athletes and to develop private support for named endowments, capital projects and other needs as prioritized by Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. At the Nittany Lion Club, our primary objective of accomplishing our mission is by reaching out to our alumni and friends. Penn State is very fortunate in that the majority of our alumni have a philanthropic spirit and deep love for their alma mater. Their deep desire to see their institution succeed is one of the biggest reasons for our success. Your philanthropic giving is essential in making the overall student-athlete experience possible. The Nittany Lion Club believes that Penn State student-athletes deserve the best, both academically and athletically; if you feel the same way, your support through an avenue of giving with Nittany Lion Club is an excellent way to give back. As a Nittany Lion Club member, you have the ability to impact a student-athletes life while they are here on campus and beyond. When one of our student-athletes graduates, they receive a degree from one of the best schools in the country; the gift of education is more valuable than anything else we could give. You have an opportunity to make a difference.

Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics is one of only twenty-two self-sustaining athletic departments in the country, therefore intercollegiate athletics does not receive any state or university funding for annual operating expenses. Your support is essential; it enables Penn State to provide student-athletes with the best possible experience and the resources they need to succeed both athletically and academically. Your contribution to the Nittany Lion Club also directly supports grant-in-aid, operational support along with academic and medical support for our 800 plus student-athletes. Continued financial stability allows us to maintain the tradition of academic and athletic excellence for all of our 31 sport programs.


There are many different ways in which to give. Gifts such as cash, matching gifts, gifts of securities, and planned & estate gifts are the best ways to support Penn State student-athletes. In addition to the ways to give there are numerous giving options at many different levels, whether it is through an annual fund gift, named endowment, or capital project gift. Every gift in any amount makes an essential impact in supporting the success of our student-athletes and providing them the resources to compete at their highest level both in the classroom and on the playing surface.

If you are a current member of the Nittany Lion Club we would like to take this time to say thank you. Thank you for helping our student-athletes reaches their goals and dreams. If you are not yet a member, we encourage you to take some time and strongly consider making a gift and changing a student-athletes life. For information about the Nittany Lion Club call 1-800-NITTANY (648-8269) or visit

Supporting Facts:

  • More than one quarter of Penn State Student-Athletes are on the Dean's List (3.5 GPA) and more than one half have a 3.0 GPA or better.
  • Annually Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics supports $12 million annually with the goal of fully funding 364.9 scholarships.
  • Penn State University has over 500,000 living alumni and over 11,000 Letterman
  • Penn State University supports 31 sports and approximately 800 student athletes within the Big Ten Conference
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