Local scholarship gains local financial support

The Madison County Community Foundation (MCCF) recently awarded Anderson University $100,000 to support the efforts of the Madison County Scholarship. The scholarship was created with the intent to invest in the community by providing a private school education for a public school price. Recipients of this scholarship could be awarded $22,000+ each year toward tuition.  

This Madison County Scholarship program addresses the needs of two primary constituents. The first is local families who have difficulty accessing quality higher education due to cost. The scholarship offers graduating Madison County high school students the experience of a private school for the cost of a public education. This will increase a student’s access to higher learning and the ability to persist to completion, thereby changing the student’s life trajectory and opening more doors of opportunity.

These scholarships also address the needs of the community. According to the United States Census Bureau 2019 Report, based on data from 2014-2018, only 18% of Madison County residents (and only 15.2% of Anderson residents) aged 25 or older have a bachelor’s degree or higher. The percent of persons in poverty in the county is 17% and in Anderson is 25.4%. Numerous studies have linked higher education attainment to higher income, lower poverty rates, and upward mobility. Those students who leave the county to attend college elsewhere often do not return to the community.

“It is our goal to assist as many Madison County students as possible to achieve a college degree at an affordable price,” said Executive Director of the MCCF, Sally DeVoe. “Anderson University is a very important community partner and we should and will support efforts to help local students. Our mission is to keep local dollars local for the needs of our county.” DeVoe encourages others to support students and their community. “Anderson University is such an asset to Madison County and deserves recognition and gratitude for all that they do,” said DeVoe. 

“Anderson University is honored to receive this grant and investment from the MCCF as a way of ‘keeping local talent local,’” said AU President John Pistole. “The foundation, under the leadership of Executive Director Sally Devoe, is a critical component of helping enable Madison County not-for-profits, such as AU, to provide outstanding service to their local constituents. We are pleased to partner with the MCCF in this important initiative, especially in these uncertain times brought about by the pandemic.”

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.