Willamette Academy Awarded $75,000

Willamette Academy [logo]The Lumina Foundation for Education has awarded Willamette Academy $75,000 to support curriculum development focused on 11 th and 12 th grade students currently enrolled in the program.

The Academy, located on the campus of Willamette University, is a supplemental education program for underrepresented and low-income students, identifies students who have the academic potential for college but for various reasons are considered at risk for dropping out.

Elaine Green, Willamette Academy executive director, said, "The Lumina Foundation gift will be used to help our students with the SAT/ACT, with writing skills, college visits and personal interviews, and will also fund financial aid workshops for parents."

Created in 2001, the program represents a five-year commitment that involves parents and students beginning in the 7 th grade and ending with high school graduation. The annual residential summer camp and year-long weekend programs challenges students with classes in math, science and the arts. The Academy is self-supporting. Tuition is free.

The Lumina Foundation for Education is an Indianapolis-based, private foundation dedicated to expanding access and success in education beyond high school.