University of Saint Joseph (USJ) is a member of the CT Coalition of Independent Colleges (CCIC), an association of universities that works together across the state to advocate for issues that benefit our university community. On Oct. 2, 2017, USJ hosted a press conference for students, elected officials and leaders in higher education to discuss the potential harm to Connecticut students due to the proposed reduction or elimination of the Roberta Willis Scholarship Program which awards grants to talented and needy Connecticut residents attending colleges and universities in the state.
For USJ students, the potential impact is very real. At the press conference, President Rhona Free remarked, “At USJ, the amount our students receive through this program has dropped by two-thirds, from $1.7 million in FY 2008 to $500,00 in 2018, but even still these dollars are vital. Almost 200 of our recent 700 recent bachelor’s graduates relied on Roberta Willis Scholarship dollars to pay their bills.”
If you want to be sure that CT state legislators know how important this scholarship fund is, please contact them as soon as possible before any further budget decisions are negotiated. You can find your legislator and connect with them by phone or email.
Read the Hartford Courant article.