ABINGTON, Pa. — The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation awarded a grant of $25,000 to Penn State Abington as part of the Newcombe Scholarships for Mature Students program. This grant award builds on a history of funding to Penn State, including a recent matching grant providing $60,000 in scholarship support to students with disabilities at the University Park campus.
The award to Abington is for students age 25 or older who are pursuing their first bachelor’s degrees, have completed at least half the requirements toward their degrees, and have unmet financial need.
Abington will match the funds 1:1, for a total impact of $50,000 in scholarships during the 2018-2019 academic year.
“Scholarships from the Newcombe Foundation will advance our efforts to ensure that students receive the financial resources needed to pursue their studies full time, cross the finish line, and reap the benefits of a Penn State degree,” said Abington Chancellor Damian J. Fernandez.
The goal is to support some of Abington’s most vulnerable learners, adults, who comprise about 20 percent of the student population. Often without family members able to provide assistance, many Abington adult students work to support themselves and their children, commute from Philadelphia to Abington, and struggle to balance the demands of family, school and employment.