Ferrum College recently received a $143,000 grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to help The Carter Center for Academic Achievement (CCAS) expand and launch programs aimed at ensuring equity in student achievement, student achievement academic and student perseverance.
The Jessie Ball duPont Fund is a charitable foundation based in Jacksonville, Florida, which strives to uplift members of society who have historically been denied access to basic opportunities, and operates within the communities with which Jessie Ball duPont had a personal connection. The duPont Fund is committed to removing structural and systemic barriers that stand in the way of its vision of “a world where every member of these communities feels they belong.”
For educational institutions, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund focuses on increasing the retention and/or graduation rates of first-generation, low-income, and underserved students in private and public universities. The $143,000 grant will support Ferrum College’s academic support services to improve academic performance, retention, and graduation for first-generation students, low-income students, and students with disabilities who demonstrate a need for academic support.
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The vast majority of students at Ferrum College come from low-income families, according to a news release, and many are the first in their families to attend college. Sixty-three percent of students are eligible for the Pell Scholarship and 99% receive some form of financial aid. About 43% of Ferrum College students come from secondary schools located in rural areas, and the transition to university courses comes with additional hurdles in navigating unfamiliar academic processes, loss of social support networks, difficulty connecting with professors and classmates and realizing gaps in knowledge. foundational areas like math and writing, the statement said.
To address this, CCAS staff formulated ten success initiatives, including Foundations, First-Generation Student Program, Gateway Freshman Seminar, Financial Literacy/Scholarship Program, Scholarship Program [email protected] Studies, Opportunity Fund, First Year Academic Council. Curriculum, Early Assessment Program, Weekly Coaching/Academic Counseling Program, Onboarding Program, and Student Life/Carter Center Committee for Students in Need.
Ferrum College President David Johns, who worked collaboratively with campus partners to prepare the grant application, said in the statement, “Our goal is to provide the support necessary for student success, and we are grateful to the Jessie Ball duPont Fund for its commitment. to help us do just that.”
Dean of Academic Achievement Dave Wiggins said, “This grant will provide resources and staff to help our most needy students. We will not only focus on studies and careers, but we will also help our students to be healthier and more balanced people.”
Wilson Paine, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and External Relations, said, “This grant is instrumental in funding a variety of initiatives for first-generation and low-income students. With hands-on support from Carter Center for Academic Success staff members, Ferrum College is committed to increasing both the retention and graduation rates of students who have historically faced serious challenges accessing college. Higher Education.
The Jessie Ball duPont Fund grant will be funded for two years. At the end of the second year, progress and results will be reviewed for possible funding of a third year.