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The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation has added $200,000 to augment its existing endowed scholarship funds at Albright, in support of sophomore, junior and senior students with financial need who have demonstrated a commitment to leadership and service.
While Title III funding has helped Albright to create a foundation for student success by significantly increasing services and supports for first-year students, financial barriers remain for many students. As tuition rises, need-based federal grant aid usually does not change for rising students, often creating unanticipated bills that make it difficult for these students to complete their college education. Therefore, Albright is expanding its efforts to garner philanthropic support and to build an endowment dedicated to need-based scholarships and aid for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Originally endowed by a $1 million grant in 2010, the Stabler fund was augmented in 2012 with an additional $400,000. To date, 132 Stabler awards have been granted to Albright students. Learn more the Advancing Lives Scholarship Initiative and make a difference at albright.edu/give.
Albright has been awarded a 2021 Pennsylvania state It’s On Us PA grant for nearly $30,000 to support prevention and response to reports of sexual assault on campus. The funding supports a new anonymous reporting system on campus, as well as educational programs, events and training to increase understanding and reduce sexually violent acts committed on and around campus.
“The grant will provide programming for students, faculty and staff on campus to raise awareness and to let victims know about the resources that are available,” said Samantha Wesner, DNP, CRNP, WHNP-BC, senior vice president of student and campus life and chief health officer at Albright. “It’s about all of us coming together to try to stop sexual assault and sexual misconduct.”
More than 30 Albright students completed for-credit internships across a range of areas such as marketing, fashion and accounting in summer and fall 2020. Internships are part of Albright’s experiential “hands on” learning approach to education that is personally relevant and connected to each student’s academic learning objectives.
Institutional priorities focus and guide the day-to-day work of all Albrightians. Our five priorities are:
- Developing and supporting a thriving, well, equitable and empowered community.
- Developing a common language and narrative so that the Albright community, the regional Reading and Berks community, and the world know and understand our identity and our distinctiveness.
- Supporting the success and, ultimately, degree completion, lives and careers of Albright’s 21st century students by evolving and developing our curriculum and academic programs, our student and campus life programs, and our experiential and career programs, focusing on those that build to our strengths and are, thus, part of Albright’s distinctive qualities.
- Evolving and implementing a financial model focused on sustainability and stewardship.
- Building a robust data, information and technology infrastructure to support the success of 21st century students as well as to support efficient and effective work process and work flow, assess program quality and inform data-driven decision-making.