The Daily Pennsylvanian Alumni Association (DPAA) is an organization of alumni of the University of Pennsylvania’s student newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian. The DPAA has a dual mission of serving both its alumni members and the current student staff of the DP.
The newspaper was founded in 1885 (originally as “The Pennsylvanian” before becoming daily). The DPAA was created in 1987, although there had been several previous short-lived attempts to create an alumni organization dating back to the 1960s.
More than 3,000 living DP alumni have joined the DPAA (through the simple act of registering with us via this website). Many become paid contributors to the DPAA each year, with a small portion of donations going to defray the costs of running the DPAA and the majority of donations going directly to support the operations of the DP. (You can make a membership donation here.)
The DPAA is run by a 15-person Board of Directors, who serve staggered three-year terms. The Board meets in Philadelphia three times each year. Alumni interested in serving on the Board may nominate themselves each fall by contacting us at dpaa@theDP.com.
If you are a DP alum who has recently graduated or who has not received periodic emails or mailings from us, please sign up for your free membership here so we can send you periodic DP and DPAA news. If you are on our list and want to update your contact information, just write us a short email at dpaa@theDP.com with your updated email address, postal address, phone number, job title, employer, etc.
Contributions to the DP/DPAA are greatly and gratefully appreciated. The DP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. You can make a contribution here. Contributions will be used to support the DP and DPAA however the organization determines it is most beneficial, but you have the option to designate a contribution specifically to the Eric Jacobs Scholarship Fund (which helps current DP students devote more time to the DP instead of maintaining outside jobs) or the DP Development Fund (which aims to provide for a new home for the DP and other long-term needs of the organization).