For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran

Newcombe Foundation Gives Scholarship to Georgian Court

Scholarship Will Benefit Nontraditional-Age Women Students

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 19, 2007—Georgian Court University has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation that will benefit nontraditional-age women students at the university.

About 25 percent of women attending the Women’s College at GCU are 25 or over. Many of these women were unable to attend college when they were younger because of work and family responsibilities. A letter from the foundation announcing the grant to GCU noted the “excellent supportive services the university provides for returning women students.”

The first scholarship from the grant will go to a student enrolled at the university during the 2007–2008 academic year. To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must have completed half the credits required for her degree.

“This grant from the Newcombe Foundation will have a tremendous impact on nontraditional-age students at Georgian Court,” says Rosemary E. Jeffries, RSM, Ph.D., university president. “These women are typically juggling families, their studies, and part- or full-time jobs. This scholarship recognizes their efforts to improve their lives and the lives of their families, and will also reduce their reliance on loans. We are so grateful to the Newcombe Foundation for its generosity.”

The Newcombe Foundation grant requires that the university raise an additional $12,500 from other donors during the year to create a Newcombe Endowed Scholarship Fund. The fund will, in the future, provide additional scholarships for nontraditional-age women students at GCU.

The Newcombe Foundation, named after Philadelphia philanthropist Charlotte W. Newcombe, created its scholarship for returning or second-career women students in 1981. Since then, more than 14,000 scholarships have been awarded at nearly 50 colleges and universities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New York City, and Washington, D.C. The foundation also funds scholarships for disabled students and doctoral dissertation scholarships through the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge and at Coastal Communiversity in Wall and Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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