Penn and the Tau Chapter of Psi Upsilon have announced the creation of the Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III Memorial Scholarship to provide financial support to an undergraduate in the College of Arts & Sciences who would otherwise be unable to meet the cost of a Penn education.
A 1991 graduate of the College, Biden, known as Beau, passed away in 2015 at the age of 46 after a battle with brain cancer. From 2006-14, he served two terms as attorney general of Delaware. Before that, he was a member of the Delaware National Guard. His unit was deployed to Iraq in 2008, where he was a Bronze Star recipient. He was posthumously given the Legion award of Merit for his service to the country. He was the son of Vice President Joe Biden.
“Beau was an extraordinary human being, and his legacy at Penn and beyond is one of leadership and service,” says Steven J. Fluharty, dean of the School of Arts & 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.”
The scholarship will be added to Penn’s need-based Named Scholarship Program and will support a student demonstrating a passion and commitment similar to Biden’s dedication to serving others through civic engagement and leadership in public service.