Wells College receives $935K grant from U.S. Dept. of Education

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CAYUGA COUNTY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The U.S. Department of Education has extended Wells College a lifeline in the form of a $935,000 grant.

“The grant funds us at $180,000 a year for five years,” said Wells College President Jonathan Gibralter.

Wells is one of 1,700 colleges that applied for this grant. Gibralter says it’s a big deal to be one of the recipients.

In May, Gibralter told NewsChannel 9 he feared for the future of the college if they couldn’t have students back on campus. They rely heavily on revenue from room and board.

Since then, the small liberal arts school has received grants at a state and federal level, along with donations from philanthropic groups and alumni.

“Over eight weeks we raised $3.7 million from 1,600 donors,” said Gibralter.

This specific grant is called a TRIO because it looks at three aspects of a student’s life.

First-generation college students. The second aspect are those students who are from low-income families, and the third aspect are those students who have an identified disability.

Wells College President Jonathan Gibralter

The money will be used to hire a program director and more staff members for things like counseling, mentoring, advising, etc.

"From counseling and academic advising and student support, perhaps in our writing center,  creating a pre-college program," said Gibralter.

This semester, 357 students are enrolled at the small liberal arts school in Aurora. Not all of them are learning on campus.

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