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West Chester University Receives $500,000 in Scholarship Support

Give Something Back & Ed Snider Youth Hockey Provide Higher Education Opportunity for 25 Students to Graduate College

Twenty-five Philadelphia-area high school students who have learned how to play ice hockey over the years will now be able to attend West Chester University at no cost and graduate college thanks to a $500,000 scholarship made possible by Give Something Back (Give Back) and Ed Snider Youth Hockey. Students who participate in the Snider Youth Hockey program may apply for these scholarships this spring for admission in the fall 2017 semester; students must meet WCU's admission requirements.

Give Back Founder & Chairman Robert Carr and Snider Hockey President & CEO Scott Tharp presented a $500,000 check to WCU President Chris Fiorentino during a special ceremony on Friday, February 10.

"We've been able to use hockey as ‘the hook' to gain and hold the attention of our students as they successfully matriculate through high school," said Tharp. "Now, through this important partnership with West Chester University, we can continue to support these students in the next step of their lives — college."

Give Back and the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation are dedicated to helping youth who are academically motivated to excel despite financial challenges. Give Back is a national public charity that provides mentoring and scholarships to academically driven students of modest means, giving them the opportunity to graduate from college in four years debt free for tuition, fees, and, if applicable, room and board. The Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, which was created by Philadelphia Flyers Chairman Ed Snider in 2005, uses the sport of hockey to help build lives, unite communities and help educate young people so they can succeed.

Working together through their "Goals & Assists" joint venture, Give Back and the Snider Hockey Program help students overcome obstacles and succeed in school. Goals & Assists serves children from urban neighborhoods in the Philadelphia area who learn important life lessons while playing ice hockey. "Through our Goals & Assists partnership, we are excited to partner with West Chester University to make college education available to qualified students of the Snider Hockey program," said Carr. "WCU consistently ranks as a top school in the region, and is recognized for providing a quality education at a great value."

West Chester University is committed to partnering with organizations that share the University's goal to make sure that academically-motivated students are able to secure a quality higher education at affordable costs. "We welcome the opportunity to partner with Give Back and Snider Hockey in an effort to reinforce student success," said Fiorentino. "Our partnership is strong and united, because we understand the importance of being the catalyst for lives to flourish."

Richard T. Przywara, the executive director of the West Chester University Foundation, described Give Back and Snider Hockey as "student-centered organizations."

"Playing a sport, in this case ice hockey, emphasizes character development, life skills, health and academics," said Przywara. "This joint-venture program can provide the support necessary for these students to overcome challenges and gain the rewards of a WCU degree. Providing these qualified students, who otherwise, financially, would not be able to attend college, a path to educational success can be transformative."

About Giving Something Back
Give Back awards scholarships to academically driven students of modest means who might not otherwise attend college. Pell Grant-eligible students are selected in the 9th grade and mentored throughout high school. After graduation, Give Back scholars attend one of Give Back's partner universities or colleges in Delaware, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. It is the focus of the organization to help students graduate college in four years, debt free for tuition, fees, or room and board.
Visit Give Back at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.

About Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation
The Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation was created by Philadelphia Flyers Chairman, Ed Snider, in 2005 as his personal commitment to teach children important life lessons. Using the sport of hockey, the mission of Snider Hockey is to build lives and unite communities, helping educate young people to succeed in the game of life. Snider Hockey programs are provided at no cost and are focused on underserved boys and girls who otherwise would not have the opportunity to play, with an emphasis on character development, life skills, fitness, nutrition, and academics. Visit Snider Hockey​ at: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.​

About West Chester University
Enrolling more than 17,000 students, West Chester University is the flagship of the 14-institution Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Founded in 1871, the University is a comprehensive public institution, offering 118 undergraduate, 103 graduate, and four doctorate programs in more than 50 fields of study.

About West Chester University Foundation
The WCU Foundation supports the goals of West Chester University through fundraising activities, the management of donated resources, and the promotion of the University's needs to prospective contributors.