Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Peirce College receives $10,000 grant from the Lomax Family Foundation to support its Parent University initiative

Peirce College places significant emphasis on eliminating obstacles and increasing access for working adults who want to go back to school. As part of that focus, Peirce joined forces with the School District of Philadelphia’s Parent University in July 2010, an education initiative to increase the number of working adult residents earning college degrees. Peirce has offered 25 parents of children enrolled in the Philadelphia School District the opportunity to earn an Associate in Arts degree in General Studies.

The Parent University program is designed to establish the building blocks of life-long learning and career success. It does this by providing opportunities and support that help parents achieve their academic and non-academic goals, while also encouraging their children’s own academic success.

I am pleased to share the news that Peirce has received a generous $10,000 grant from the Lomax Family Foundation that will support Parent University at Peirce College for the 2011-2012 academic year.

The Lomax Family Foundation, established in 2003 by Walter and Beverly Lomax, is primarily a regional foundation that awards grants largely in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. The Foundation is dedicated to promoting health, art, culture, and education in the African-American community. Its mission is to improve the lives of individuals by exposing them to programs that stimulate their mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.

Peirce continues to fulfill its mission of making the benefits of higher education accessible and attainable to working adults and non-traditional college students of all ages and backgrounds. And with the help of generous donors such as the Lomax Family Foundation, Peirce College has the ability to empower families and contribute to the future success of the entire Philadelphia community through education.