Literacy and Beyond, a nonprofit that focuses on improving the education of at-risk children and their families, announced a new scholarship that will help graduates of its 2GEN GED program have a greater chance for success in college.
The 2GEN GED program provides tutoring, childcare, and support services to women who are pursuing a GED credential as a means of high school completion. The new 2GEN G.R.A.D.S. (Graduates Receiving Associate Degree Support) Scholarship is a competitive scholarship that will be awarded to up to 10 2GEN graduates this year, with a future goal of 30 scholarships per year by the fall of 2022.
The scholarship was made possible through a partnership with St. Clair County Community College (SC4) and the Stebbins Family Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (CFSEM). It will provide each student with a yearly stipend of $500 for books and $1200 for transportation needs or childcare expenses incurred while attending classes, and it is renewable for three years.
Students at the 2GEN learning center will benefit from having a college and career advisor from SC4, Kim Foxwell, both at the 2GEN Learning Center and on campus at SC4. Foxwell currently works in a similar capacity serving SC4 students in the Foster Connect and Work Study programs.
“I’m honored to join the Literacy and Beyond team and their visionary 2GEN program because I’m committed to helping students achieve their educational and vocational dreams,” Foxwell said.
Mike Hinkley, Executive Director of Literacy and Beyond, said, “We are extremely grateful to SC4 and the Stebbins Family Fund for partnering with us in this innovative project to support our amazing 2GEN graduates.”
Women interested in enrolling in the 2GEN GED program can learn more at LiteracyAndBeyond.org.
Reporting for WGRT – Jessie Wiegand