Bank of America recently awarded Sacred Heart University a $15,000 grant to support the university’s minority scholars program, a mentoring and retention program that targets low- and moderate-income undergraduate minority students majoring in the fields of mathematics, science, information technology and the quantitative business disciplines.
“We are very excited and grateful that this gift from Bank of America will allow us to assist more minority scholars with their dreams of achieving a college education,” said Mary-Lou DeRosa, vice provost for Special Academic Programs.
Established in 1994, the minority scholars program provides participants with scholarship funding and engages them in activities that range from academic support and career readiness counseling to community service. The program is designed to strengthen and expand enrollment of under-represented minority students in the targeted sciences. Since its founding, 193 students have participated in the program. Funding from Bank of America will allow Sacred Heart to expand the program, creating designated Bank of America Scholars.
“The minority scholars program has provided nearly 200 young men and women with the necessary support for academic and career success,” said Bill Tommins, southern Connecticut market president, Bank of America. “Expanding the program will help to increase the local pool of highly skilled workers, particularly in the emerging sciences.”