The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust awarded the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts a $500,000 scholarship grant for undergraduate and graduate students.
The grant will provide much-needed immediate support to students in the 2022-23 academic year, helping to retain significant numbers of students.
“This is an amazing opportunity for our students at VCUarts,” said Carmenita Higginbotham, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Arts. “The generosity of the Kenan Charitable Trust enables us to pursue our creative and intellectual goals for graduate and undergraduate students. We couldn’t be more grateful.
VCUarts is deeply committed to the university’s mission to advance student learning and achievement. Its departments and programs push the boundaries of new knowledge and emphasize research, creative expression and interdisciplinary collaborations.
The school will use the funds to distribute 43 need-based scholarships to qualified graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the 2022-23 academic year.
This scholarship opportunity will allow VCUarts to provide support to second-year graduate students and ensure their progression towards graduation.
“VCUarts is in a distinct position to be a catalyst for engaged learning on a student-centered campus that fosters research and innovation,” said Daniel Drake, executive director of the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust. “Its holistic programs promote diversity and inclusion and meet our goal of improving lives by helping and educating people.”
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