The Community College of Philadelphia Foundation (the Foundation) announced that it had received a $50,000 grant from the US Bancorp Community Development Entity (USBCDE). The grant was used to provide scholarships to help students enrolled in the College overcome financial hardships that would have prevented them from continuing their education.
“The grant from the US Bancorp Community Development Entity has made a real difference for students at Community College of Philadelphia, giving them the support they need to get ahead,” said the college’s vice president for Advancement and Executive Director of the Foundation, Dr. Mellissia M. Zanjani. “The Foundation is extremely grateful for the generous grant that has helped students continue their academic journey. »
Student Tuition Services and the College’s Financial Aid Office worked together to select the student recipients. Students were referred by faculty and staff from across the College community, including Advising Services, Student Tuition Services, and the One-Stop Shop, which helps students explore, navigate, and obtain resources additional funding. Many staff members who work with students daily have advocated on their behalf by expressing the continued impact the effects of the coronavirus pandemic have had on students.
“USBCDE is proud to support the vital work of the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation by providing scholarships to students who are experiencing financial hardship,” said Marissa Price, USBCDE program manager. “In addition to using a portion of our New Markets Tax Allowance to build the Career and Advanced Technology Center, we were able to directly support CCP students with a $50,000 grant to help fund tuition fees. tuition and fees. USBCDE is committed to using its stipend to close the racial wealth gap, and this grant helps ease some of the financial burden that students — especially students of color — too often bear alone.
The 39 students selected to receive the scholarship represent the following demographics: 66% are considered low-income; 74% identify as female; and 85% identify as people of color. The average GPA of students who received the scholarship was a 3.0 GPA.