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The door opens even wider
Access UVa reaches out to Virginia Community College System and greater number of low- and middle-income students
By Carol Wood
President John T. Casteen III announced Jan. 17 the expansion of AccessUVa, the University’s aggressive financial aid program, to reach an even greater number of low- and middle-income students.
Changes to AccessUVa, with a current annual commitment of $16.4 million, will cost an additional $1.5 million a year and will include offering qualified Virginia Community College System transfer students full AccessUVa benefits beginning in fall 2005 and adjusting upward the AccessUVa guideline for offering eligible students a debt-free education to the University. Undergraduate students (in- and out-of-state) with family incomes less than or equal to 200 percent of the federal poverty level will have all of their demonstrated financial need met without loans or a work-study requirement beginning in fall 2005. Full Story
Curry partners with local school
Alliance formed to improve academic achievement of students
By Kathleen Valenzi
Responding to Gov. Mark R. Warner’s call to higher education to establish partnerships with at-risk K-12 schools or school systems in their communities, the University’s Curry School of Education has formed a strategic alliance with George Rogers Clark Elementary School in Charlottesville.
“I am very happy to see the Curry School forge this relationship with Clark Elementary,” said Gov. Warner. “Everyone benefits when our institutions of higher learning partner with K-12 schools to support our students, teachers and parents.” Full Story
It’s time for ‘tsunami-sized awakening’
By Fariss Samarrai
When the earthquake and tsunami struck southern Asia on Dec. 26, the developed nations of the world watched in horror and amazement — and then jumped into action.
An enormous relief effort now is under way, which is likely saving tens of thousands of lives. This is good, of course, that we respond during times of crises, said Dr. Richard Guerrant, an infectious disease specialist and director of U.Va.’s Center for Global Health. But the developed world tends to close its eyes to the sufferings in the Third World during times of apparent calm, he said, emphasizing it’s time for a “tsunami-sized awakening.” Full Story