Reflecting on the importance and potential impact of this funding Lincoln University President Brenda Allen said, “For every $1,000 we can offer a student in grant aid we increase the likelihood that they will graduate by about 20 percent.”
The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated or uncovered pre-existing challenges among students. As students plan for their return to school, these one-time grants of up to $1,000 will help them alleviate barriers that jeopardize their continuous enrollment, such as their ability to pay tuition, travel to and from school, and access the internet.
The Mellon grant will work in concert with the recently established The Student Emergency Fund for Critical Needs. This fund was created with the intent of providing one-time financial assistance to students experiencing financial difficulty as a result of the pandemic or other extraordinary unplanned occurrences.
Along with the establishment of this fund, the institution launched a campaign to solicit support from alumni and friends. These funds will be used to assist students with financial and technology support as they resume their education.
This gift from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is a continuation of a developing partnership with the University. In 2018, the foundation made a three-year $500,000 investment into the University to “reinvigorate excitement about the arts and humanities on our campus.”
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