Penn Law launches scholarship program to help vets


Here’s a new program that’s worthy of a salute. It’s helping vets, after all.

The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, with support of a multi-year gift from Penn National Gaming, Inc., is launching the Harold Cramer Memorial Scholarship Program, named after a Korean War hero.  

The gift, which is a multi-year $100,000 commitment and scholarship program, will support the law school’s Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program that provides financial assistance to veterans pursuing their J.D.s.

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 under which the Department of Veterans Affairs matches school aid contributions made to eligible veterans.

In recognition of such service, the law school has created a learning environment for students who seek a career in public service and supports the unique perspective of law students who have served in the military. It provides support to students making the transition from military to civilian life and encourages those with service backgrounds to apply.

“The Harold Cramer Memorial Scholarship Program underlines the Law School’s continued dedication to service,” said Dean Ted Ruger. “Harold Cramer L’51 was a giant in his field, and I can think of no better way to honor his legacy by supporting servicemembers that desire to pursue a degree in the law at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.”

Upon graduation, Cramer was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to Korea as a commissioned officer. He later attended the Judge Advocate General’s School and became the chief prosecutor for the Eighth Army in Korea. He was ultimately awarded Bronze Star for his service, as well as the Korean Service Medal with three battle stars, the United Nations Korean Medal, National Defense Medal, and he twice received the Korean Presidential Unit Citation.

Following his return from military service, Cramer worked as a lawyer specializing in corporate and commercial law. He was a highly influential and iconic member of the Philadelphia legal and business community until his passing in 2017.

“We are proud to establish the Harold Cramer Memorial Scholarship Program in honor of one of Penn National Gaming’s original and most beloved Board members,” said Jay Snowden, president and CEO of Penn National Gaming. “As a distinguished veteran, past president of the Law School’s Alumni Society and a longtime generous benefactor to the law school, I know helping other young veterans pursue a law degree at his alma mater is something Harold would have loved.”


 Pictured: Harold Cramer