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Wilson College to Receive $1 Million for Scholarships from Stabler Foundation

Posted: January 13, 2011

1/13/2011 The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation recently approved a $1 million grant for scholarships at Wilson College. Specifically, the grant will be used to provide scholarships for students with high financial need and strong academic ability, who might not otherwise be able to enroll at Wilson.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: Jan. 13, 2011
CONTACT: Cathy Mentzer, Manager of Media Relations
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3178
Email: cathy.mentzer@wilson.edu

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. – The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation recently approved a $1 million grant for scholarships at Wilson College.

Specifically, the grant will be used to provide scholarships for students with high financial need and strong academic ability, who might not otherwise be able to enroll at Wilson.

“This is a truly magnificent and transformative grant,” said Wilson President Lorna Duphiney Edmundson. “On behalf of the entire Wilson community, I offer my gratitude to the Stabler Foundation for their confidence in us as a key partner in providing a high-quality and affordable education to deserving students with great financial need.”

According to Wilson Vice President for Enrollment Mary Ann Naso, the grant will go a long way toward making a Wilson education accessible to more students.

“Especially in these tough economic times, additional financial aid dollars are appreciated by students and their families because it means less out-of-pocket costs or perhaps smaller loan amounts,” Naso said.

Wilson College is a leader among colleges offering a high-quality education at a reasonable price, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 “America’s Best Colleges” issue, which names Wilson the number one best value college in its category. It is Wilson’s 10th consecutive year to ranked as a best value college in the North by U.S. News.

Meanwhile, the Stabler grant, which will be distributed over four years, was approved in November by the Harrisburg-based foundation’s Board of Trustees. The funds will be added to Wilson’s Stabler Scholarship Endowment, established in 2008 with a $300,000 grant from the foundation.

“It is the Stabler Foundation’s hope that scholarship recipients will, after graduation, make their own contributions to enhance this fund, enabling further scholarships to benefit future Wilson students,” said Sylvia DuRant, Wilson’s director of foundation, government and academic grants.

The Stabler Foundation has supported Wilson College in the past by funding the Curran Scholars Program in 1997 and providing funds to restore the Möller organ in Wilson’s Alumnae Chapel in Thomson Hall.The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation was established by the Stablers in 1966 exclusively for charitable, religious, scientific, literary or educational purposes. The foundation awards grants to educational institutions, parochial or church-related schools, nonprofit hospitals and medical facilities.

The foundation also supports religious institutions and social service organizations that seek to preserve and instill traditional moral and ethical values, respect for the family, concern for others, self-reliance and a productive life.

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Wilson is an independent college with a proud history of educating women since 1869 through rigorous study of the liberal arts and sciences. Today, Wilson’s mission also includes women and men enrolled in adult degree and graduate programs. Guided by its Honor Principle and distinguished by a commitment to transformative student growth, Wilson College prepares all of its graduates for fulfilling lives and professions, ethical leadership and humane stewardship of our communities and our world.



Wilson, which is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 fields, teacher certification for college graduates and a master’s degree in education. This year, Wilson enrolled nearly 800 students from 21 states and 13 foreign countries.

Last Updated: June 30, 2011