McClure Foundation Announces Grants to Support Higher Education
The J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation has announced over $400,000 in support of programs across the state that remove barriers to higher education, encourage collaboration and communication and promote long-term, improvements so that every Vermonter can access an advanced education.
The McClure Foundation, a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation, has in recent years focused its philanthropy on improving access to post-secondary education for all Vermonters, granting out more than $2.1 million to 21 organizations since 2008 in support of that goal.
A significant portion of the current grant awards will support the Community College of Vermont’s (CCV’s) ‘Introduction to College Studies’ course, which helps high school juniors and seniors develop study skills for college.
The McClure Foundation notes that 71% of students who have taken this course graduate and go on directly to college, compared to the state average of 45%.The McClure’s support will allow CCV to expand the course offering to sophomores.
Grants awarded to CCV will also continue sponsorship for a full-time coordinator to support student veterans.Additional grants to promote education innovation and assist underserved populations in Vermont access cutting edge education, will go to Spectrum Youth and Family Services, The Tutorial Center, Franklin County Supervisory Union, Pre-K through 16 Council, and the Vermont Journalism Trust, among others.
A regional forum held this month was a fifth gathering sponsored by the Foundation to bring education, business and community leaders together with legislators and specialized nonprofits, to identify the key challenges to the development of the future workforce.