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Widener Granted $38,000 to Aid Adult Women Returning to School

Widener has received a $38,000 grant from the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation to provide scholarships in the 2013-14 academic year for mature women students.Through these scholarships, the foundation aims
to mitigate some of the financial needs of women returning to school and facilitate their degree completion.

The university will award the Newcombe Scholarships to women students 25 years of age or older who are enrolled full- or part-time in baccalaureate degree programs and have completed half the credits required for the degree. Recipients must demonstrate a financial need.

Widener was selected to participate in the Newcombe Scholarship program because of its welcoming and supportive academic and personal counseling services for mature women students.

With this most recent award, grants to Widener from the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation since 1981 now total $785,500. The scholarships have helped a diverse group of women, many of whom are raising a family, return to college to earn a degree and pursue their career aspirations.

To apply for the Newcombe Scholarship, please contact Nikki Ritterbeck at 610-499-4282 by August 1.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. The university's campuses in Chester, Exton, Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve some 6,500 students. Visit the university website,