2012 June 11 - 12:00 am
GRANTS AND GIFTS:
- Graduates from Queen Anne’s County High School and Kent Island High School will have an easier time paying for classes and textbooks at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland thanks to a new scholarship established by The Eugenia V. Teodoli Trust in Stevensville, Md. Working with the Anne Arundel Community College Foundation Inc., the trust donated $34,000 to establish the Teodoli Scholarship Fund in memory of the late Eugenia Teodoli. The scholarship will help pay the cost of AACC tuition, fees and textbooks for graduates of the two high schools who show academic promise and have a minimum 3.0 GPA, regardless of their ability to pay. Scholarship award amounts will vary; the first awards will be made this fall. Teodoli, an immigrant who lived on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, believed that higher education should be affordable and accessible for all able and qualified students.
- The Cuyahoga Community College Foundation (Ohio) has secured a grant on behalf of the college in the amount of $450,000 from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) to participate in the implementation phase of the Benefits Access for College Completion (BACC) initiative. The BACC initiative seeks to improve community college completion rates by helping students gain access to public benefits in order to close the gap in unmet financial need beyond financial aid. These benefits include food stamps, Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, child care subsidies, transportation subsidies, refundable tax credits, and others. The initiative is led by CLASP and the American Association of Community Colleges with funding from the Ford Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations. The Annie E. Casey Foundation is also contributing to the initiative. In December 2011, the College received a $50,000 planning grant from CLASP to develop the basic model for connecting students with public support services and work with state and county agencies to improve access to benefits for college students.
- Northeast Iowa Community College and The R.J. McElroy Trust are celebrating a prosperous history and partnership. Through the years, The McElroy Trust has supported NICC students in many ways, through matching funds and challenge grants as well as other forms of assistance to students with financial need. The partnership between NICC and The McElroy Trust started in 1994, when the college indicated that many students faced financial obstacles to their dreams of earning a college education. NICC turned to The McElroy Trust, an organization founded to support education for youth in northeast Iowa, to help match funds and offset the tuition costs for a growing number of students. To date, The McElroy Trust has provided $311,500 in challenge grants with a community match of $477,670 for a total of nearly $800,000 in direct financial support for NICC students. These funds have provided more than 2,000 scholarship awards in 17 years. In addition to the challenge grants, The McElroy Trust has also provided $50,000 to address the need for quality affordable childcare at the Calmar and Peosta campuses because many NICC students have childcare responsibilities that would have otherwise prevented their studies to earn a college degree.