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Blue Cross NC awards grant to Shaw
Published Friday, February 14, 2020
by Staff Reports

Shaw University announced that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has awarded a $300,000 grant to support student development and retention through the Student Retention Gap Fund and a Summer Academy Institute. Blue Cross NC representatives made the presentation to president Paulette Dillard during a ceremony in C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium last week.

Shaw’s Student Retention Gap Fund enhances retention and graduation rates by providing support to students whose academic progress is interrupted by financial barriers. The grant also kicks off the funding for Shaw’s planned Summer Academy Institute, which is designed to alleviate students’ personal and academic transition from high school to the University. The six-week residential program will address a variety of factors to enable students to navigate university expectations, shore up academic foundational skills, and enhance social and emotional intelligence.

“We truly appreciate the generosity of Blue Cross NC, which is enabling Shaw to be an even better steward of our most precious asset, the students entrusted to our care. The SAI will be especially beneficial for students who come from high schools that lack a college-prep curriculum, or who desire early exposure to the Shaw University curriculum and campus community,” Dillard said. “Many of these students will likely be first-generation college students, and we believe this program will greatly enhance their likelihood of academic success and their entire university experience. It’s gratifying to know that, through Blue Cross NC’s support, we can enable more deserving students to stay in school and concentrate fully on their academic pursuits.”



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