Anthony Penna Charitable Fund Awards & Grants


The Anthony Penna Charitable Fund seeks to help offset the costs and fees associated with participation in band, choir, and theatre, thereby enabling students to partake in these programs when financial circumstances might pose a barrier. Grants are intended for the direct support of our students and are not intended for capital expense items such as lighting, risers, sound systems, etc.

Open to schools in the state of Delaware who offer primary and secondary education, and relevant non-profit organizations, Grant requests may be made on behalf of schools or individuals within programs. At this time, our fund structure only permits us to grant awards to other 501(c)(3) organizations.

Eligible costs may include but are not limited to:

  • Sheet music, commissioned music or production scores

  • Play script purchases or musical contracts

  • Instrument lease or purchase costs

  • Wardrobe or costume costs

  • Fees associated with private lessons, tutoring, or competitions

  • Travel expenses associated with band, choir, or theatre performances and trips

To submit a Grant Request for consideration for the 2020-2021 school year, you may download the application to review the requirements. Please note an updated application will be provided in the spring of 2020, with grants announced in the fall of 2020.

2019 -2020 Grant Recipients

September 2019 – The Anthony Penna Charitable Fund is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 Grant Recipients. As we near the anniversary of Anthony’s passing, we have decided that September will be a “giving” month, rather than a “grieving” month. We are happy to announce grants to the following:

All Saint’s Catholic School: funding toward expanding their partnership with Dancing Classrooms Philly, enabling participation from fifth to eighth grades.

Archmere Academy: funding toward their Stage Band service trip to Jamaica, during which they bring donated instruments to teach local school children to play, helping to build their music program.

Saint Edmond’s Academy: additional funding for their original Halloween play (allowing the cast to expand from 9 to 19), and a first-time 4th grade Christmas musical. Both are designed as an introduction to musical theatre performance and foundation skills.

St. Elizabeth School: funding for a lower school musical, building on the momentum of their success with last year’s inaugural musical.

Shoestring Productions of Brandywine Valley: funding for a brand new six-week writing for the stage program. Drawing from recommendations from ELA or Drama teachers in New Castle County, promising student writers will attend the class, culminating with a public performance of a reader’s theatre of the crafted scripts / screens.

While we received requests far in excess of available grant dollars, we chose to issue awards to those programs that are not currently funded by their requesting organizations. We encourage those that applied, but were not chosen, to please apply again next year.

If you’d like to support our “giving” month, please feel free to make a donation toward funding exciting programs like the ones above, which bring growth, confidence and a smile to our young community.

Anthony Penna AwardS Celebration 2018

December 2018: Six schools in our local community were the first to receive Grants from the Anthony Penna Charitable Fund: All Saints Catholic School, Archmere Academy, St. Elizabeth School, Tower Hill, Ursuline Academy, and Wilmington Christian School. They performed along with local talents Catherine Enslen, Sarah Rossi, Sydney Kenton and Frankie Frabizzio at our first Awards Celebration.

Please consider helping us support these programs and remove the barriers by making a Donation.


Schulman Study Group Academic Scholarship Award


June 3, 2018: The Schulman Study Group Scholarship Fund was established by a group of elite orthodontists practicing in the United States and Canada, who belong to a professional study group of which Anthony's father, Rob, is a member. Established in Anthony's honor, this biennial scholarship fund will ensure that a financially deserving young man from Saint Edmond’s Academy, with a like profile to Anthony’s (i.e., involved in community, sports, arts and strong relationship/leadership skills and passion for science and math), has the opportunity to attend  Archmere Academy in pursuit of his own legacy.  We would like to thank the Schulman Study Group for helping us honor our only son by supporting the future success of someone else’s. 

Past Recipients

2018 - Brett Ashton Kwoka