The distinctive quality of the Thouron Award is its sense of family. The Thouron family are actively involved with the selection process and maintain continuing contacts with current and former Scholars, and there are frequent reunions – formal and informal – on both sides of the Atlantic, and all scholars are considered part of the wider Thouron family network. Scholars are chosen for their strong academic potential as well as their “ambassadorial qualities”, and all aspects of a candidates ‘career’ to date are taken into account during the selection process. The award is also generous enough to allow for travel throughout the U.S. during its tenure and scholars are actively encouraged to seek out experiences within the U.S. outside of Penn academia.