Benjamin Franklin Society
Drs. Edward, C’92, M’96, RES’03, and Irene Woo, M’96, RES’01, both received their medical degrees from Penn and completed their residencies here as well, but it is the foundation laid by their undergraduate education that prompts them to give back to their alma mater. “Irene and I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to take advantage of the amazing faculty and experiences while at Penn,” Ed says. The couple also recognize that this opportunity isn’t a given for all students.
“We both came from backgrounds of financial hardship and understand the difficulties posed by this,” Irene shared. Establishing the Edward and Irene Woo Endowed Scholarship is their way of giving other students the chance to enjoy the world-class education that has come to mean so much to them. Their support of undergraduate financial aid at the University also qualifies them as members of the Benjamin Franklin Society for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
The Woos are happy to help talented students attend Penn, and feel that supporting financial aid benefits not only the students who receive it, but the University as well. Ed and Irene aim “to help Penn continue to be the finest institution by attracting the best candidates.”
“We truly feel that it is critical that we ‘give back’ and help create opportunities for future generations.”
- Edward and Irene Woo
In true Quaker fashion, the Woos understand that the designation of “finest” isn’t just about what happens in the classroom. “Not only did Penn offer an outstanding education from a true academic perspective, but the Penn community taught us so much about critically important life lessons, such as generosity, compassion, diligence, and perseverance,” Ed says. “We both feel indebted to Penn for our successes.”