Bread Upon the Waters
Bread Upon the Waters Scholarship Fund

In memory of Elin Danien
We are sad to report the recent passing of our founder and guiding light, Elin Danien.

Thanks to Elin, the Bread Upon the Waters Scholarship Fund provides women over the age of 30 with the chance to earn their undergraduate degrees at the College of Liberal and Professional Studies at Penn Arts and Sciences. Bread scholars come from a variety of backgrounds and interests. They have all sorts of careers and home lives. What they share is the desire to get a top-level education, and a financial situation that prevents them from reaching that goal.

Elin enrolled at Penn as a 46-year-old freshman and graduated seven years later summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Her academic awakening and positive experience as an older woman student led her to establish the scholarship to help other nontraditional students realize their dreams.

For more than 30 years, the fund has supported over 100 scholars, many of whom have graduated with honors. It continues to assist 25 academically gifted women each year on their journey to complete their undergraduate degrees. The scholarship relies on annual donations to ensure that current students have the resources to achieve their goals.

In memory of Elin, please help us celebrate this unique program with a donation in support of our Bread scholars. Your gift will acknowledge the wonderful and inspiring life of our founder while making a difference in the life of a woman who is on her way to a Penn degree!
Contact Laura Weber at or 215-898-5262.
Donation messages
The docents have a special place in their hearts for Elin --The docents from Penn Museum
Elin exemplified the adage that one person can change the world. She will be missed! --Prill Boyle
Ellen was a true inspiration to us all. Her legacy will continue to bear much fruit for women. --Ms. Carol Heppenstall
In memory of my hero, my co-conspirator, and my very good friend. --Jane Hickman
In appreciation of all Elin has done for the community and for the students she has meant so much to. --Katherine Moore
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Bread founder, Elin Danien, CGS'82, G'89, GR'98
  Bread alumna Maura Collinsgru, LPS'12  
Recent donations (19 donations)
Name DescendingX Amount
David Bushnell and Kim Pelkey $200.00
Dr. Lynne Kendig
Ms. Jean Craig
Nancy Williams CGS'05
Mr. Kyle Solomon $118.00
Recent donations
Top donors (19 donations)
Ellen Varet Bock $500.00
Ms. Jean Craig
Katherine Moore
Mrs. Rona Whitehead $200.00
David Bushnell and Kim Pelkey

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