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ECMC Foundation increases its funding to $13.8 million in higher education scholarships

Students in need receive support based on their potential

ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ECMC Foundation announced funding for another year of the ECMC Scholars Program. Students in this program are eligible to receive up to $6,000 in postsecondary grants.

Since the program was launched, more than 2,300 students have benefitted from the mentoring and/or scholarships provided through the ECMC Scholars Program.

"I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to go to college in the first place," said one ECMC Scholar. "It (the ECMC Scholars Program) made me realize I do have potential and going to college would help me fulfill that potential."

The ECMC Scholars Program was created to encourage underserved students to pursue postsecondary education. The departments of Education in Virginia, Oregon and Connecticut (the states in which the program is active), each selected several public high schools to participate in the program according to need-based criteria. Then, counselors and teachers from each school identified students with the potential to succeed in college, but who may need extra motivation to work up to their potential. The majority of ECMC Scholars are the first in their families to attend college. 

For more information about the ECMC Scholars Program, visit www.ecmcfoundation.org.

About ECMC Foundation 
ECMC Foundation helps people of all ages further their education goals with a concentration on underserved individuals as well as those who may be the first member of their family to attend college. Its innovative outreach programs focus on college access, retention and success. ECMC Foundation is funded by ECMC Group.

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Geri Gjesdahl 
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SOURCE ECMC Foundation

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