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Our universities continue to identify ways to make education more affordable so that students can be successful.

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Success Highlights​

Bloomsburg University received federal COVID-19 relief funding, which provided additional financial assistance in the form of block grants and special conditions awards to all enrolled students due to the financial impact of the pandemic. The $10.7 million provided to BU is part of the American Rescue Plan and Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III).

JeKai King and Mara Proie make the most of full-tuition scholarships and other campus life opportunities. Their contributions to the community and to campus life flow from a decision to attend California University of Pennsylvania. For Proie, a full-tuition opportunity to be a Rutledge Scholar made that easy. King also found support as a high school student through TRIO, federally funded student service programs that help students progress from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs.

Cheyney University Keystone Honors student Kieara Martin is pushing toward her goal of becoming a physician and she can’t imagine being anyplace else. “Being at Cheyney has really broadened my scope regarding the sciences. My hope is it becomes the Mecca of HBCUs in the future,” Martin said. “At Cheyney University, a student is more than just a number.”

The fourth annual Clarion University BizPitch Competition was held November 17. The competition awarded $3,250 to three students for their business pitch. Prizes were $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place, $500 for third place, and a fan favorite award of $250. A total of four students competed in the final round for a chance to win cash prizes.

East Stroudsburg University distributed $7.5 million in emergency funds to students as part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III). These funds were part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Public Law 117-2, signed into law on March 11, 2021, providing $39.6 billion in support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This was ESU’s third round of funding.

Three Edinboro University students were recognized by the Wolves Club of Erie, Den VIII, with endowed scholarships for their academic achievements and commitment to higher education. Each year, the Wolves Club of Erie raises financial resources and support for the endowment for funding higher education within the Erie area.

Over $14 million in scholarships, separate from state and federal aid, were awarded in 2019-20 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Renewable merit scholarships were offered to 93% of incoming students. In a recent Pittsburgh television news segment, IUP President Dr. Michael Driscoll discusses even more ways IUP is working to make a college education more affordable for all.

Kutztown University established its Pell Promise scholarships to help students in need. Beginning in the 2022 fall semester for newly-accepted students, the KU Pell Promise scholarship covers the entire cost of student tuition and mandatory fees after the student's federal grants (Pell and SEOG) and Pennsylvania state grants, as well as additional institutional scholarships that have been awarded.

Lock Haven University recently awarded Tymir James the Shades of LHU Legacy Scholarship. James, a mid-level education major with a focus in mathematics, is in his third year at LHU. Since joining The Haven Family in the summer of 2019, James, a first-generation college student, has worked his way to a GPA greater than 3.0. In addition to the Shades of LHU Legacy Scholarship, his hard work and dedication in the classroom have also earned him the Ira G. & Gilliam M. Masemore Scholarship.

Mansfield University participated in GivingTuesday, the world’s biggest day of philanthropy, on Tuesday, November 30 to cultivate support for student scholarships. Mansfield’s participation in the global generosity movement provided a platform for alumni, stakeholders, and community members to support Mansfield University students through academic and athletic scholarships.  

Brett Douvarjo is a nurse, an online nursing student at Millersville University and the recipient of the Wehrheim scholarship. This scholarship is given to students who have unusual or special circumstances impacting the completion of their education, such as simultaneously supporting or caring for his/her parents, children or spouse. Liselotte R. Wehrheim, the namesake of the scholarship and Millersville’s newly named Wehrheim School of Nursing, was a non-traditional student who graduated with her degree in nursing in 1974 at age 59.  

Senior biology major Cooper Grove has his sights set on becoming a physician. The Dr. William E. Peightel Scholarship he received helped move him toward that goal. “This scholarship means I am able to continue my education without fear of accumulating excessive debt while here at Shippensburg University,” Cooper said, adding, “I have a lot of years of schooling and payments ahead of me.”

Slippery Rock University was recognized in the Washington Monthly’s 2021 College Guide and Rankings, a publication whose editors rank four-year schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research and providing opportunities for public service. The publication also ranked SRU on its list of “Best Bang for the Buck” colleges, measuring them by how well non-wealthy students obtain marketable degrees at affordable prices.

Fall semester 2021 has seen a plethora of ways West Chester University​ continues to expand, educate, and innovate in order to help students succeed, regardless of their level of need. One spotlight shone brightly on the issue of food insecurity for college students. On September 13, State Senator Carolyn Comitta hosted a roundtable discussion at the University to examine solutions to food insecurity on college campuses. Student advocates and campus leaders currently facing these issues firsthand commented and state lawmakers, university officials, and representatives of nonprofit anti-hunger organizations offered potential solutions.​