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William Sasso Joins Forces with FS Investments to Launch Philadelphia Financial Scholars

April 07, 2021
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PHILADELPHIA – Stradley Ronon Chairman Emeritus William R. Sasso has been elected a board representative of Philadelphia Financial Scholars, a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit that aims to help Philadelphia high school students and their families take on systemic challenges and develop wealth-building tools through access to financial literacy and entrepreneurship education.

Philadelphia Financial Scholars originated when the FS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Philadelphia-based asset management firm FS Investments, partnered with the University of Pennsylvania's Netter Center for Community Partnerships to create a financial literacy program for high school students. Since that time, the program has expanded significantly and now includes in-class financial literacy education, after-school entrepreneurship training, a summer business accelerator program at Wharton, and a nights-and-weekends curriculum for families, caregivers and teachers. The program is currently operating in 15 schools, both public and charter, and has reached more than 1,500 students.

Building on this proven model, other companies in the Philadelphia financial services community, as well as several law firms, accounting firms and community organizations, have come together to expand the program and reach more teachers, families and students with these critical financial literacy and entrepreneurship programs.

Sasso served as Chairman of Stradley Ronon’s management committee and board of directors for 27 years. He currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of the firm and is active in the political, business and philanthropic communities within the Philadelphia region.

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