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Penn State Donations Soar Despite Scandal

Donations 2nd highest in school history

By Dan Stamm
|  Monday, Jul 9, 2012  |  Updated 3:41 PM EDT
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Penn State Donations Soar Despite Scandal

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Money keeps coming in to Penn State.

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Penn State received more than $208 million in donations for the fiscal year that just ended, the second-highest total in university history despite the upheaval after the arrest and eventually conviction of Jerry Sandusky on child sex abuse charges.

The school said Monday there was a slight uptick in the number of alumni who donated money or gifts in the fiscal year that ended June 30 to more than 75,500, reversing two years of declines.

University vice president Rod Kirsch says the school is grateful for the contributions amid “incredibly difficult circumstances.”

Sandusky, a retired assistant football coach, was arrested in November. It led to ouster of head coach Joe Paterno, a move criticized by some alumni and former players.

Sandusky is awaiting sentencing after being convicted of 45 criminal counts last month.

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