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Citizens Bank presents holiday stockings to particiants in Women with Children Program
12-19-12

Stockings were donated Tuesday, Dec. 18.
Representatives of Citizens Bank recently presented holiday stockings filled with gifts for the students and children enrolled in the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program at Misericordia University.

Citizens Bank purchased stockings and the bank’s employees donated items for the eight girls, two boys and nine single mothers in the novel educational program at Misericordia University. The stockings were stuffed with crayons, coloring books, toys, clothing items, and toiletry items.

The Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program at Misericordia University was established in 2000 to provide support to women and their children by helping them realize their full potential through higher education. The program was designed to provide support, services, housing and financial aid for academically qualified single mothers of any age who are determined to complete their undergraduate degree. The program affords academically eligible single mothers an opportunity to attend college while living on campus with children.

The program has grown steadily from a pilot project to a successful education model. Due to limited facilities and funding, enrollment is capped at 10 adults and 20 children, falling well short of the demand. A waiting list is maintained and eligible women are interviewed as openings become available. Funding is primarily derived through grants from private foundations, corporations and contributions from civic groups and individuals. Misericordia University features two homes on the lower campus that are dedicated to the program – the Pauly House and the Rasmussen House/Rosary Hall.

For more information about the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program at Misericordia University, please log on to www.misericordia.edu/wwc or call Vicki Austin, director, at (570) 674-6728 or email her at vaustin@misericordia.edu. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 36 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats.

Caption:

Citizens Bank and its employees recently donated holiday stockings filled with presents for students and their children enrolled in the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program at Misericordia University. Participating in the presentation, from left, are Judith Ellis, manager, corporate, government and foundation relations, Misericordia University; Donna Farrell, senior vice president, Citizens Bank; Vicki Austin, director, Misericordia University Women with Children Program; Joan Hilburt, vice president, Citizens Bank; and Carolyn Connell, vice president, Citizens Bank.