Wiley (NYSE: JW-A), a global leader in research and education, will again this year award $500 grants to each of 200 U.S. college students who are experiencing economic hardship—a total donation of $100,000—through its Wiley Stay the Course Grants program.
The program, now in its second year, is designed to help students facing financial difficulty stay in school. Research from the Education Data Initiative suggests 40% of undergraduate college students overall drop out, with 38% of those students citing financial pressure as the primary reason for doing so.
“Wiley is eager to help students stay in school, earn their degrees, and realize their dreams,” said Matt Leavy, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Academic & Professional Learning at Wiley. “We know that students often struggle with financial difficulties, which can feel insurmountable. Our Stay the Course Grant program supports these students so they can stay the course toward college graduation.”
Numerous studies suggest that lowering financial hurdles for low-income students— including providing emergency aid and financial incentives—can help them persist in college.
Among last year’s grant recipients, nominated by mentors at their schools, were the following individuals:
- A Dean’s List student and mother of three who struggled to stay in school while supporting her family, including a son with disabilities, due to mounting bills and a failing computer.
- A 16-year Navy veteran and single father of two who remained a dedicated student while enduring wrist surgery and other health conditions that sapped his strength and his finances.
- A hardworking accounting student who worked full time to support her family while also taking a full load of coursework, but who was falling behind financially.
College Instructors Invited to Nominate Students for Grant
Wiley has again empowered college instructors, who are frontline witnesses to student challenges, to nominate students for this award. The nomination period runs from Feb. 14 through March 31, 2022. Wiley will randomly draw 200 winners from the pool of nominees on April 1, 2022.
Nominators must be instructors teaching a course at a U.S. college or university. Only one nomination per instructor is permitted.
To qualify for the grant, students must be enrolled in a 2022 course at a 2-year or 4-year U.S. college or university and must have expressed or demonstrated financial hardship.
How to Nominate Students
To nominate a student for the Wiley Stay the Course Grants, instructors should visit the official website registration page located at: https://www.wiley.com/learn/stc-grant.
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