Dickinson alum underwrites scholarship for 5 Ukrainian students | Five for the Weekend
Happy Weekend, All
It’s Capital-Star Editor John L. Micek, in for Cassie Miller this week, who’s taking a bit of time off.
We’re going out this week with a dose of good news that should serve as an antidote to the tales of woe and destruction that too often dominate the headlines.
Thanks to the largess of an alumnus, five students from war-torn Ukraine are now the beneficiaries of full-tuition scholarships to Dickinson College in Carlisle, Cumberland County, the college announced this week.
In addition to tuition covering all four years, the $2 million gift from graduate Sam Rose, Class of 1958, will cover the costs of textbooks, dining and living expenses including support for travel, health insurance and other basic needs through the academic year in addition to support during the college’s summer and winter breaks, the college said in a statement.
The students also will be provided with mentorship and internship opportunities through the gift, the college said.
Dickinson President John E. Jones III, who called the students to let them know about the gift, said it’s “critical that we welcome international perspectives, and we are excited to meet and learn from our new Ukrainian students, who will help us build a more interesting and engaging campus community.”
Rose, whose maternal grandmother was born in Kyiv, said the gift was a “great place to make an investment.
“These students have endured more than a year of war in their homeland, and I’m happy to give them the opportunity to succeed with a life-changing Dickinson education to become leaders and problem-solvers,” he said.
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And that’s the week. Have a great weekend. We’ll see you all back here on Monday.