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Thomas University receives grant to help at-risk students

Thomas University was recently named one of 10 schools to receive a grant from the Georgia Independent College Association (GICA) that will help provide emergency funding for under-represented and at-risk students.

The Student Retention Scholarship Pilot Program is funded by the Council of Independent Colleges and the Foundation of Independent Higher Education. The program is designed to help low-income students who face the prospect of leaving college because they lack a modest amount of money to pay college costs.

“It’s an honor to be selected among our peer institutions to pilot a program of great potential,” said Dr. Jill Dennis, TU Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing. “If the program has proven success in assisting at-risk students persist to graduation, it could become a permanent program within the Georgia Independent College Association. Our selectionaffirms that we live our mission of valuing students’ individual strengths, capabilities, and will to succeed, by providing the means to achieve personal and professional transformation.”

This pilot program will enable Thomas University to assist 10 to 15 students during spring, summer and fall semesters in 2016. Award amounts for recipients will be determined based on a student’s individual circumstances. Priority will be given to low-income and minority students with the highest remaining financial need after all federal, state and institutional grants and scholarships are awarded. Students who receive funds from the program will be required to complete a financial literacy program, maintain satisfactory academic progress, and have no Honor Code violations.  

The Student Retention Scholarship Pilot Program fits with TU’s existing student retention plan.

“The goal of the Thomas University Retention plan is to increase retention and graduation rates for all students, with specific emphasis on students identified as at-risk students, including first generation, low-income, non-traditional students and students with identifiable academic needs,” Dennis explained. “The GICA Student Retention Scholarship will enhance our ability to match funds with students experiencing financial need and increase the number of students who persist to graduation.”

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