On Wednesday, officials with Kentucky Wesleyan College (KWC) announced the College's reception of $44,950 in federal COVID-19 funds.
KWC received the funding from the Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, which is federal funding from the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
The College says it will use the funding to enhance its "Rising Scholars Program," which serves students who need additional assistance to ensure they begin college with good foundations and continue their enrollment that progresses to graduation.
According to Rebecca McQueen-Ruark, vice president of student affairs and dean of student services at KWC, the funds will be used to create a new summer "bridge program" within the Rising Scholars Program.
"The bridge program is an intensive week of sessions designed to assist students in the transition from high school to college, adjust to the academic rigor of college, build connections with their peers and establish mentoring relationships with student success coaches (volunteer staff members)," McQueen-Ruark explained. "We will equip them with tools they need to earn their degrees at Kentucky Wesleyan.”
KWC says that in the 2020-2021 academic year, 52 students took part in the new Rising Scholars Program.
In the 2020-2021 academic year, 52 students took part in the new Rising Scholars Program. Twenty-five volunteer staff members underwent training as student success coaches and coached students throughout their freshman year through providing encouragement, connecting them with resources and answering questions.