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Widener Aids Adult Women Returning to School with $38,000 Grant from The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation

Widener University has received a $38,000 grant from The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation to provide scholarships in the 2014-15 academic year. Through these scholarships, the foundation aims to mitigate some of the financial needs of individuals approaching degree completion.

The university has awarded the Newcombe Scholarships to 18 women students ages 25 years and older who demonstrate a financial need. Recipients are enrolled full- or part-time in baccalaureate degree programs through Widener University and have at least a junior standing. About half of the women receiving the scholarship are enrolled through the Continuing Studies Division at Widener, which offers students flexible scheduling with evening, weekend and online courses in their pursuit of associate and bachelor’s degrees.  

With this most recent award, grants to Widener from The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation since 1981 now total $827,500. The scholarships have helped a diverse group of women, many of whom are raising a family, complete a degree and pursue their career aspirations.

“The Newcombe Foundation is one of our most cherished partners,” said Don Devilbiss, associate dean of the School of Education, Innovation, and Continuing Studies. “The generosity of the foundation, year after year, has assisted a great number of our students in completing their journey of earning a post-secondary degree.”

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

Widener University is a 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 and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve more than 6,300 students. Widener is proud to be a tobacco-free campus. Visit the university's website,