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Citizens Bank Foundation provides scholarship support to Women with Children Program
02-20-13

The check presentation was held Feb. 15.
The Citizens Bank Foundation recently presented $10,000 to the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program at Misericordia University to provide scholarship support to the single mothers enrolled in the program. The donation by the Citizens Bank Foundation will provide $1,000 scholarships to 10 women in the program to help offset the cost of their student loans.

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 single mothers an opportunity to attend college while living on campus with their children.

The program has grown steadily from a pilot project to a successful educational 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.

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The Citizens Bank Foundation recently presented $10,000 to the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program at Misericordia University to provide scholarship support to the single mothers enrolled in the program. Participating in the ceremonial check presentation, from left, are Vicki Austin, director, Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program; Donna Farrell, senior vice president, Citizens Bank; Misericordia University student Alexandra Flormann, President For A Day, and Michael A. MacDowell, president, Misericordia University.