In the News
CACF Awards $283k in Grants to Ten Area Nonprofits
The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF) is giving $283,000 in grants to ten local non-profits.
Two of the grants support access to post-secondary education and are to agencies who have not received grants before.
YWLP Alumnae Apply Past Experiences To Present Jobs
For some UVA students and alumnae, the Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP) has become more than a volunteer opportunity. Participating in the program has helped solidify career paths in the field of education, as well as created another sort of sorority with bonds made for life.
Ultimately, the program is “fostering competence, connections and autonomy” among everyone involved. The foundation of the program’s curriculum is in this motto.
Near-Peer Mentors Mean It When They Say: 'I’ve been there'
The success of any college student is always a group project. No one crosses that stage to accept a degree or certificate unless there are people offstage — instructors who inspire, family members who care and cajole, friends who share and support. Role models are crucial, particularly for students who are unfamiliar with the college- going process or face other barriers to postsecondary success.
Aristocracy of Talent
In 1818, Thomas Jefferson wrote to his colleague Joseph Cabell about his life-long desire to create “a system of general instruction, which shall reach every description of our citizens from the richest to the poorest.” Jefferson believed education is the great human equalizer and the foundation of personal advancement. We have seen this play out repeatedly over the years, as many students have come to UVA from disadvantaged backgrounds and, empowered by the knowledge they acquire here, go on to positions of prominence and leadership in their careers and communities.
FAFSA, the First Lady, and AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps member Margaret Montague is used to having a steady stream of students come to see her for college advice in her office at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA, just outside the nation's capital.
Since starting AmeriCorps last fall, she has already had more than 450 one-on-one meetings with students, including many first-generation Americans at this highly diverse school where more than 100 languages are spoken.
Corps Aims to Help Low-Income Students Go To College
A White House meeting of higher education leaders Thursday will spotlight a plethora of efforts to draw more students from low-income families into college, one of President Obama’s top priorities.
Among them is a program that sent Alexandria Johnston, 21, a brand-new graduate from the University of Virginia, to southern Virginia to help disadvantaged high school students navigate the labyrinths of applying to college and obtaining financial aid.