On Friday, January 17th an impressive donation of 11 million dollars was made to the Abele Scholarship pro-gram by Joan and Will Abele, Class of 1961.
According to the Ursinus website, “The Abele Scholars Pro-gram increases access and affordability of an undergraduate education for students from low- and middle-income families in Pennsylvania and adjacent states (DE/MD/NJ) who demonstrate academic potential, financial need and a desire for the individualized educational experience offered at Ursinus College.”
Director of the pro-gram Laura Cunning-ham said, “This commitment to the Abele Program will allow it to fund 10 cohorts of Scholars. There are currently 24 Scholars in the Program and we anticipate welcoming a cohort of 15-20 Scholars each year. The funding allows us to increase the types of programs and events we can offer and the gift also allows us to add an-other professional staff member in the future to provide even more sup-port for the Scholars.”
Scholars at the college expressed their appreciation for this program. First-year student and Abele Scholar, Andrea Condo ’23 said, “The donations benefit the program in numerous ways. One is that it offers students the opportunity to explore what it means to have a liberal arts education all while partaking in experiences like networking, externships/internships, and so many more … I love everything about the program, but if I had to choose one thing I would choose our advisor: Laura Cunningham. She does so much for the program and makes sure all of us are well taken care of, well-guided, and most of all motivated to keep being the best versions of ourselves.”
Another scholar, Grace Harris ’23 said, “Mr. Will Abele and his wife Joan donated the money to the program. If it was not for their generosity, I and so many other students would not have security in our ability to attend college. Being a part of the program brings you closer to your fellow scholars.”
The college is grateful for the donation as it will positively affect many students. Being able to support students in their college careers is something that Ursinus College takes great pride in.