First Generation Students at NDNU Receive Leg-up from Bill Hannon Foundation 

Belmont, CA, June 1, 2011 — Notre Dame de Namur University received a $100,000 grant from The Bill Hannon Foundation of Los Angeles, CA to help first generation students succeed in college.  The funds will be used for scholarship and programs for the NDNU’s Gen I (First-Generation) Program, which provides tuition assistance and a variety of support services, including mentors, for first-generation students and their families.

A growing number of first-generation students are enrolling at NDNU because of the individual attention available to students. To support this population of first-generation students, NDNU instituted its Gen I Program, which was made possible by a Council of Independent Colleges/Walmart College Success Award in fall 2010.

“We are extremely grateful to The Bill Hannon Foundation for this grant to continue and enhance our Gen I program,” said President Judith Maxwell Greig, Ph.D. “A big part of NDNU’s mission is to provide access to a high quality education to those who would otherwise not be able to attend college. The Gen I program supports our first-generation students in their transition to college and provides a foundation for personal and academic success.”

Many first generation students are Hispanic and NDNU is designated by the federal government as a Hispanic Serving Institution because it has more than 25 percent Hispanic undergraduate enrollment. It is the only private, four year, non-profit institution of higher education in Northern California to receive this designation.