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Student Success Center Secures Noteworthy Grant

Rocky Mount, N.C. – The Student Success Center of North Carolina Wesleyan College has received an $18,120 grant from North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities (NCICU) as a part of its College Access Program. The grant will primarily be used to support Wesleyan’s Freshman Advantage conditional-acceptance program for at-risk students.

Implementation of the grant will begin this June with the first of three Weekend Colleges to be held on campus. These will be coordinated by a newly-appointed graduate assistant. During each weekend, participating students will receive intensive math and writing instruction, complete college readiness and self-reflection assessments, attend academic skills workshops, and participate in summer reading discussions.

Additional components to enhance Freshman Advantage in the fall will include mentors, structured study halls, academic enrichment workshops, enhanced and intensive academic advising, and program-specific tutors.

“I am excited about the opportunities this grant provides us in working with our Freshman Advantage population,” said Stephanie Battle, Director of the Student Success Center. “It allows us to increase the support given to these students through mentoring, structured study halls, and increased tutoring.”

The NCICU grant is one of several the College has been recently awarded. In January, trustees of the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, Inc. proposed $120,000 to NCWC to be used for general scholarships during the 2011-2012 academic year.

Established in 1946 by Conkey Pate Whitehead as a memorial to his mother, these grants are designated to deserving Christian women who are residents of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

“We are very pleased that the LPW foundation has seen fit to not only continue, but to significantly increase their support of the NCWC mission,” stated Chris Norman, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “This very generous grant is a continuing testimony to LPW’s desire to serve the needs of students throughout our region.”

He continued, “This grant, along with thousands of individual, foundation and corporate charitable gifts and grants continue to be the backbone of our mission, just as they have been for fifty years.”