June 13, 2006


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University is the recipient of a $100,000 supplemental grant from The William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

The latest grant will increase the foundation's support for the endowment of a Hearst scholarship fund to $200,000 and modify its original purpose from supporting community college transfer students to providing broader support for first-generation college students.

First-generation students, defined as students who come from families where neither parent is a college graduate, have long been an under-represented group in higher education.

"Need-based scholarships are particularly important to outstanding first-generation students," said Bucknell President Brian C. Mitchell. "When offered not only as financial support, but also as a means of recognizing academic potential, these scholarships make it possible for first-generation students to take advantage of all Bucknell has to offer."

The endowment from the original Hearst Scholarship Fund was established in 1998. It has already supported four community college transfer students who came to Bucknell as outstanding, ethnically diverse first-generation students with high financial need.

The enhanced objective, now known as the William Randolph Hearst Foundation Scholarship Fund, will provide two scholarships each year to first-generation students who meet Bucknell's rigorous criteria of exceptional academic performance and documented financial need. The recipients can still be community college transfer students, but that is no longer a criteria for the scholarship.

"Need-based scholarships for outstanding, under-represented students are part of our long-term goal at Bucknell to build and maintain an inclusive campus community," said Mitchell. "The expansion of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation Scholarship Fund will help bring more high-quality students to Bucknell, regardless of their background or financial situation."

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