Meal Swipes, Book Scholarships & Monetary Micro Awards to Make All the Difference
Thanks to a generous gift of $125,000 from Student Services, Incorporated (SSI) and PSECU, West Chester University students who demonstrate the greatest financial need will be able to obtain the essentials that fuel a college education — meals, books, and monetary support. Bernie Carrozza, chair of the Board of Directors of SSI, and Amanda Altice, community manager at the PSECU Financial Education Center – West Chester, will be among those presenting the $125,000 check to West Chester University President Christopher Fiorentino on Tuesday, March 5, at 3:00 p.m. in the WCU Campus Store, Sykes Student Union (lower-level), 110 West Rosedale Avenue, West Chester, PA.
Of the generous gift, $50,000 will provide meal swipes for students; $50,000 will support book scholarships and gifts-in-kind from the WCU Campus Store; and $25,000 will be awarded to students in the form of monetary micro awards. All awards will be managed by the WCU Office of Financial Aid.
“SSI understands that students are not defined by their circumstances,” said SSI Chair of the Board of Directors Bernie Carrozza. “Rather, students are defined by the persistence and drive they exhibit to secure a college education that can transform their lives and the lives of those around them. SSI remains committed to such students and stands ready to ensure that they have whatever they need to meet their academic goals.”
PSECU is equally supportive. “At PSECU we pride ourselves as being more than an outstanding credit union. We’re also a dedicated member of the communities we serve,” said PSECU University Development Director Mike Verotsky. “That commitment means that we’re continually looking for ways to help make a positive impact in the lives of others. This funding is one such example – it will help students in financial hardship achieve their educational goals.”
“SSI and PSECU are meeting our students’ needs in a very real way that will impact their lives immediately,” said WCU President Christopher Fiorentino. “The University is especially fortunate to have the support of two partners that have chosen to come together to help us guarantee student success on a multitude of levels. We are truly grateful for the kindness and generosity of resources exhibited by both entities.”