ECMC Foundation Increases its Pledge to $12.3 million in Higher Education Scholarships

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ECMC Foundation announced today it would fund another year of the ECMC Scholars Program. Program participants from selected high schools are eligible to receive up to $6,000 per student in postsecondary grants.

The ECMC Scholars Program was created to encourage underserved students to pursue postsecondary education. The departments of Education in VirginiaOregon and Connecticut (the states in which the program is active), each selected several public high schools to participate in the program according to need-based criteria. Then, counselors and teachers from each school identified students with the potential to succeed in college, but who may need extra motivation to work up to their potential. The majority of ECMC Scholars are the first in their families to attend college. 

"We are pleased to continue support of this program. In early June, we will be awarding more than 250 scholarships to this year's graduating ECMC Scholars," said March Kessler, executive director, ECMC Foundation. "We thank the educators at our partner schools whose hard work and dedication inspire their students to improve their academic performance and continue on to higher education."

Since the program was launched, more than 2,000 students have benefitted from the mentoring and/or scholarships this program provides.  

For more information about the ECMC Scholars Program, visit

About ECMC Foundation
ECMC Foundation helps people of all ages further their education goals with a concentration on underserved individuals as well as those who may be the first member of their family to attend college. Its innovative outreach programs focus on college access, retention and success. ECMC Foundation is funded by ECMC Group.