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College Receives $200K Grant from Clara Freshour Nelson Foundation

Landmark College, the college of choice for students who learn differently, announced it has received a $200,000 donation from the Clara Freshour Nelson Foundation to provide scholarship support for students with significant financial need.

The scholarships funded by the donation will be awarded to undergraduate students who are first-year associate degree candidates or transfers who are within two years of completing a degree; as well as individuals participating in the College’s online dual enrollment program for high school and transition/gap year students.

Dr. Manju Banerjee, vice president for educational research and innovation at Landmark College, says the foundation had previously provided scholarship support for the College’s online post-baccalaureate certificate program, which provides training to educators who work with students who have a learning difference such as dyslexia, ADHD, or autism. That experience led them to making this second donation.

“The Clara Freshour Nelson Foundation is committed to ensuring educational access for students with learning differences, and this award will enable us to offer deserving, high-need students the opportunity to experience a Landmark College education,” says Banerjee. “We believe we can live up to the expectations of the Foundation to make a difference in the lives of deserving, neurodivergent students.”

Funds will be allocated over a period of two years, and may be combined with other funds that students are eligible to receive. Scholarship recipients will be selected by the greatest financial need, among other criteria set forth by the Landmark College Office of Financial Aid.

Established in 1990, the Clara Freshour Nelson Foundation has helped hundreds of college students with financial need pursue their education goals.

“We are happy to partner with Landmark, as it is a college that offers many paths to success through two-year, four-year, and transition programs to students with divergent needs,” says Elizabeth Nelson, a trustee for the Clara Freshour Nelson Foundation. “Landmark is truly student-centered in its approach to education, and is an institution committed to empowering students to reach and exceed their personal aspirations.”

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