Ellucian Foundation Awards $400,000 in PATH Scholarships to Two-Year Public Colleges in U.S.
PATH Scholarship program supports economically-disadvantaged students
RESTON, Va., Nov. 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ellucian Foundation, established in 2020 by Ellucian, the leading higher education technology solutions provider, today announced 25 two-year colleges as U.S. recipients of the 2023 Progress, Accomplishment, Thriving, Hope (PATH) Scholarship. The PATH Scholarship provides grants to higher education institutions globally to support students facing economic hardships and educational disruptions.
"Two-year public colleges are at the heart of the U.S. higher education system, serving as educational and career launch pads for students by providing critical skills and access to a wide range of learners," said Laura Ipsen, President and CEO, Ellucian. "It's imperative that we support these students by mitigating the obstacles that make it difficult to stay in school and develop the skills that are integral to our workforce and society. Through the PATH Scholarship program, we are dedicated to investing in their potential and contributing to their success."
The PATH Scholarship awards block grants between $10,000 and $25,000 (USD) to higher education institutions to help students cover items such as housing, tuition and food. Individual students receive a maximum award of $1,500 (USD) with limited exceptions. In the U.S., all public two-year institutions that are eligible to participate in the Federal Title IV Student aid programs were invited to apply, and two-year public Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) were also strongly encouraged to apply.
Eric M. Friedman, Ph.D., President of Bergen Community College, one of the 2023 recipient institutions, said: "The partnership we maintain with Ellucian positively impacts Bergen Community College n many ways, including through our overall information technology operation, the Center for Online Learning and on-campus support for students, faculty and staff. Our selection as the PATH Scholarship awardee underscores the depth of our relationship and the shared goal of helping students succeed."
Outside the U.S., not-for-profit higher education institutions in Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Ireland, Lebanon, Mexico, and the United Kingdom were invited to apply. Awardees outside the U.S. will be announced in the coming months.
"The Ellucian Foundation believes that every student deserves the opportunity to pursue their educational dreams, regardless of their circumstances," said Jennifer Welding, Executive Director of the Ellucian Foundation. "Through the PATH Scholarship program, we aim to empower students to continue their path towards success, despite any financial hardships they may encounter."
An independent judging committee selected the following U.S. institutions to receive 2023 PATH Scholarship funds:
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