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Date: 2017-05-09

Franklin & Marshall’s Mission to Make College More Equitable Is Changing the Face of Higher Ed

College access and equity pioneer, Franklin & Marshall College, has more than tripled its percentage of low-income Pell Grant students since 2008. These students, many of them the first in their families to attend college, made up just 5 percent of the class of 2012 but have accounted for an average of 20 percent of the last three freshman classes and will represent 17 percent of graduates who receive their diplomas at the school’s May 13 commencement.

The roughly 2,250-student liberal arts college in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is poised to push that mission even further with last month’s announcement of a $1 million gift from alumnus and former Republican National Committee chair Ken Mehlman. The money is meant to propel the education of students who have faced adversity.

Read more at The 74.