Paterno Fellows: The Pinnacle of Honors Education at Penn State

Paterno Fellows: The Pinnacle of Honors Education at Penn State

October 26, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


I decided to become the director of the
Paterno Fellows Program because I was very impressed with the idea of allowing
anyone to become an honors student the Paterno Fellows Program is the pinnacle
of honors education here at Penn State It’s a program that gathers together the
most ambitious, most talented undergraduate students. I think the
really the greatest success that the program has had is encouraging students
to try to be their best, to take honors classes, perhaps learn a foreign language
when they didn’t originally think they could, to try to study abroad when they
perhaps didn’t think they could afford it, and what’s always heartwarming to me
is that there are a plethora of alums who are willing to come back to Penn State
to speak to students and to extend the kind of encouragement and support that
they felt that they received while they were at Penn State. The Paterno Fellows
Program has helped my postgraduate success in that it’s exposed me to
experiences that I wouldn’t have taken otherwise and those experiences are both
cultural and networking as well as providing critical thinking skills that
I use to this day. I had the opportunity to study abroad at the University of
Oxford, which as the first person in my family to go to college I wouldn’t have
had the opportunity if it weren’t for the funding that the program provided.
What I’m looking forward to the most about being a visiting scholar for the
Paterno Fellows Program is giving back to the community. I feel like I had a lot
of mentorship experience while I was at Penn State, and this is sort of my
opportunity not only to interact with future scholars but to mold potential
policy experts. Many students would like very much to study abroad or to do
internships or to dedicate a summer to doing research. Those kinds of enrichment experiences are only possible if they have additional financial support. Any
support that comes from alumni goes to making these enrichment experiences
possible for our students.