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MC receives Hearst gift

Barry McNamara
01/07/2011
Monmouth College has received an additional $100,000 from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation to enhance its financial aid support for rural students.

“One of the most pressing needs for higher education today is funding for the tuition of financially distressed students,” said Monmouth College president Mauri Ditzler. “Midwestern students, in particular, are struggling to afford a quality education. Monmouth College takes great pride in being able to assist rural students for whom a quality liberal arts education would otherwise not be a realistic option, and we are able to do this in part because of our existing Hearst Scholarship endowment.”
In recent years, applicants for the Hearst Scholarship have increased as the college has publicized the opportunity. More than 80 highly qualified students applied for the scholarship in 2008 and 2009, but the college was only able to award three scholarships each year. With the additional $100,000, the college will offer awards to more eligible and meritorious students, rather than increase the amount of the award to the same number.

Students are awarded Hearst Scholarships on the basis of academic merit and financial need, presuming the basic criterion of rural residence and, preferentially, first-generation status. Freshman recipients receive $1,250; sophomore students receive $625. The sophomore recipients are frequently, but not always, recipients of a Hearst Scholarship as freshmen.

“We are increasing the number of scholarship awards because we want to assist as many rural students as possible,” said Ditzler. “We have strong applicants from rural communities across the Midwest for whom a relatively small additional amount of financial support would make a tremendous difference.”