The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations have awarded Centre College a $200,000 grant to support initiatives that enrich the experience of the College’s first-generation college students.
With over 130 first-generation students currently enrolled at the College, and more to matriculate through the new Grissom Scholars Program, Centre is poised to become a national leader in welcoming high-achieving first-generation students into a rigorous liberal arts setting steeped in tradition and intellectual and co-curricular engagement.
“The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations have been regular and generous supporters of Centre during the past decades. The College is decidedly stronger because of this support, and we appreciate this new funding to enhance our mission as a place of high achievement and high opportunity,” says President John A. Roush.
Associate Dean Sarah Scott Hall (pictured right) has been appointed to lead Centre’s efforts in designing first-generation programing and to direct the Grissom Scholars Program that will launch in the fall of 2015.
“I am thrilled to be involved with supporting our first-generation students in their collegiate journey and leadership development process,” says Hall. “As pioneers in their own families, these students have great potential for creating a long-lasting, positive impact in our world.”
“Having seen the transformative effect a college education had for my father, who was a first-generation student, I know personally how such an opportunity touches successive generations,” Hall adds.
A 13-year veteran of Centre’s Student Life Office, Hall will continue to develop leadership training opportunities to support and challenge all students in ways that will help them be successful at Centre and beyond.
The three-year grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations will support Hall’s first-generation programing generally and the unique orientation, enrichment and mentoring that will be made available to the 10 recipients of the Grissom scholarships starting in 2015.
Based in Jacksonville, Fla., the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations are a national philanthropic organization established through the generosity of the late American industrialist, Arthur Vining Davis. The Foundations make grants in the areas of healthcare, private higher education, public television, secondary education and religion.
by Elizabeth Graves, Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations