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Wilson receives $1 million grant for scholarships

January 13, 2011

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation recently approved a $1 million grant for scholarships at Wilson College.

The grant will be used to provide scholarships for students with high financial need and strong academic ability, specifically those who might not otherwise be able to enroll at Wilson, according to a news release.

"This is a truly magnificent and transformative grant," Wilson President Lorna Duphiney Edmundson said in the news release.

According to Wilson Vice President for Enrollment Mary Ann Naso, the grant will help make Wilson accessible to more students.

"Especially in these tough economic times, additional financial aid dollars are appreciated by students and their families because it means less out-of-pocket costs or perhaps smaller loan amounts," Naso said.

The Stabler grant, which will be distributed over four years, was approved in November by the Harrisburg-based foundation's board of trustees. The funds will be added to Wilson's Stabler Scholarship Endowment, which was established in 2008 with a $300,000 grant from the foundation.

"It is the Stabler Foundation's hope that scholarship recipients will, after graduation, make their own contributions to enhance this fund, enabling further scholarships to benefit future Wilson students," Sylvia DuRant, Wilson's director of foundation, government and academic grants, said in the release.

The Stabler Foundation has supported Wilson College in the past by funding the Curran Scholars Program in 1997 and providing funds to restore the Moller organ in Wilson's Alumnae Chapel in Thomson Hall.

The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation was established by the Stablers in 1966 exclusively for charitable, religious, scientific, literary or educational purposes. The foundation awards grants to educational institutions, parochial or church-related schools, nonprofit hospitals and medical facilities.

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