Emmanuel Establishes ecEdge with Grant from CIC/Walmart
July 15, 2010
The Council of Independent Colleges and the Walmart Foundation announced Emmanuel College as a member of the second cohort of winners of the CIC/Walmart College Success Awards on May 18th. Thirty CIC member colleges and universities, selected through a highly competitive application process, have been awarded substantial grants to strengthen exemplary programs that support the education of first-generation students.
Through the award program, the 30 institutions and the 20 College Success Award recipients work together as a network to assist first-generation college students, learn from one another, and serve as models for other colleges and universities. The programs offered at these 50 institutions represent the wide range of approaches to working effectively with first-generation students.
With the awarded money, Emmanuel College has started ecEdge, an innovative program which aims to support first-generation students in their transition into college. During a three-day pre-semester session in September, students will learn about and experience the academic, cultural and moral support that they will receive through individualized interactions with faculty and upper-class student leaders during their freshman year. By participating in ecEdge, students will move into residence halls early, meet with faculty and other students, experience Boston, explore campus and receive a $300 book stipend for their first year.