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. Grant requests have closed for the 2019-2020 school year. Awards will be announced in September of 2019.

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 next year, you may download the application to review the requirements. Please note an updated application will be provided in the Spring of 2020.

Anthony Penna AwardS Celebration 2018

This past Fall, six schools in our local community were the first to receive Grants from the Anthony Penna Charitable Fund: All Saints Catholic School, Archmere Academy, Saint 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 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. 

The 2018 recipient of the SSG Scholarship is Brett Ashton Kwoka. Brett said he is very honored and grateful to receive the scholarship in Anthony's memory.  Although Brett never had the opportunity to meet Anthony, he said he has heard many stories of how accepting Anthony was of everyone he met, and how he took enormous pride in anything he did.  Brett aspires to be this kind of person as well.  

With Brett’s involvement as a multi-sport athlete playing football, basketball, wrestling, baseball and lacrosse, he strives to be a role model and leader on and off the field.  He was captain of his CYM football team and recognized as a nationally ranked player, not only for his athletic ability, but for his inclusion and encouragement of his fellow teammates and respect for the game. During most practices, you can find Brett completing his sprints and returning to the field to run with the slowest players. During the game, he encourages his teammates, teaching them how to succeed on the field, and helping up his opponents when they get knocked down.  At the end of each game, regardless of the outcome, he always shakes the referees or umpires hand and thanks them for their time.

Brett hopes to continue to be a role model at Archmere Academy, encouraging and supporting his classmates and teammates.

We celebrate you, Brett!  Congratulations on receipt of this scholarship award.  We pray that it is a springboard to future success at Archmere and beyond!