Dean Panyam and Professor Prabha Donate to Establish the Temple University School of Pharmacy Student Emergency Fund

Jayanth Panyam, PhD, dean and professor, and Swayam Prabha, PhD, professor at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, have made a joint donation to the Temple University School of Pharmacy in honor of their parents, Kumar and Saroja Panyam and Jainarain and Reena Aggrawal, to establish the School of Pharmacy Student Emergency Fund. The endowed fund will exist in perpetuity to support students who are experiencing unforeseen financial emergencies.

“It is a way for us to help students in dire situations. Serving in our roles during the pandemic heightened our awareness of the significant prevalence of financial vulnerability among our students,” Dean Panyam said about his and his wife’s motivation for establishing the fund.

The minimum donation for establishing an endowed gift fund at Temple University is $50,000. Currently, all donations to endowed funds at the School of Pharmacy are being matched dollar-for-dollar by the Richard J. Bryan Matching Gift Challenge Fund. Now through 2026, it is possible to establish an endowed fund at the School of Pharmacy with a minimum donation of $25,000. The match also applies to gifts of $25,000 or more to an existing endowed fund.

Leading by example, Dean Panyam and alumnus Richard J. Bryan aim to encourage the establishment of more endowed funds at the School of Pharmacy.