St. Joseph’s University Receives Grant for Summer Program

By Matthew Fischetti

St. Joseph’s University New York announced on March 24 that they received a $230,000 grant to provide summer courses for high school students from Brooklyn.

The grant awarded by the Teagle Foundation will be a collaboration between SJNY and Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York, a group that helps disadvantaged students become community-minded leaders. The program will serve a total of 70 students over a three-year period starting this summer, according to SJNY.

“The Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York scholars come from historically underserved communities  with little access to higher education preparation,” Lysandra Hutchinson, director of college  access and collegian support for BHGHNY said in a statement. “Through extensive programming and assistance, our  scholars will be able to experience firsthand what it’s like to be a college student thanks to the  opportunity to form this partnership with St. Joseph’s.”

The three-week program, “The Citizen’s Path, A Knowledge for Freedom Program,” will be available for high school seniors who are participants of BHGHNY. The program will give students the opportunity to earn college credit while learning about civic engagement, government and human rights by reading classical thinkers and writers and through trips and cultural events.

“The Teagle Foundation and BHGHNY are devoted to cultivating the study of liberal arts and  fostering democratic citizenship,”  Michael Burke, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy said in a statement. “I  am honored to be part of the St. Joseph’s team that is working with the Teagle Foundation and  BHGHNY to provide local high school students with the opportunity to experience a liberal arts  education through The Citizen’s Path program.”

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