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New initiatives announced at White House summit

With a $10 million gift from the Belk Endowment, Davidson College, in collaboration with the College Advising Corps (CAC) and other North Carolina higher educational institutions, will place 60 recent graduates as full-time college advisers in underserved rural North Carolina high schools. As many as 20 Davidson graduates will join the initiative, which aims to increase access to college for more than 18,000 rural North Carolina high school students over a three-year period.

The CAC provides advising to more than 400,000 underserved students across the nation as they navigate the college admissions process and secure financial aid. Davidson’s CAC advisers also will identify high-achieving/low-income North Carolina high school students who will be invited to attend a free campus experience at the college.

In another initiative to help underserved high school students, Davidson will partner with The Posse Foundation to recruit and enroll students from diverse backgrounds to study in STEM fields at Davidson. For five years, Davidson will recruit and educate a STEM Posse from Miami, totaling 50 students (10 students per year). Davidson will provide each student with a four-year, full-tuition scholarship, offer them a two-week STEM immersion program, and provide them with faculty mentors.

The announcement was made in January at the White House Summit on Educational Access and Success, where President Carol Quillen joined other college and university presidents to mark the launch of President Obama’s second-term initiative to support academic access and completion and to make college education affordable for all Americans.

These two initiatives bolster Davidson’s efforts to recruit and involve underrepresented students in its academic programming. The college encourages enrollment of students with limited financial resources by practicing need-blind admission, and meets demonstrated financial need for all admitted students through grants and campus employment.

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