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Eden Hall Foundation Grant to Fund Summer Program for High School Students with Learning Differences

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Posted: Thursday Dec 19, 2013

Dec. 19, 2013

A grant from the Eden Hall Foundation will make it possible for Saint Vincent College to provide scholarships for rising high school juniors and seniors with learning differences from southwestern Pennsylvania to attend a new three-week summer program designed to prepare them for college enrollment.

The program, to be offered in conjunction with Landmark College of Putney, Vt., will enroll 30 students who learn differently, in classes that are specially designed to provide college readiness. Saint Vincent College partnered with Landmark College for this program due to Landmark’s exceptional reputation in the field. At its founding, Landmark was the first institution of higher learning to pioneer college-level studies for students with dyslexia. Today Landmark College, offering fully-accredited two and four-year degree options, a graduate level certificate in universal design with technology integration and summer programs for students who learn differently, is a global leader in integrated teaching methods for students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders [ASD].

“We are grateful to the Eden Hall Foundation for this generous grant and look forward to our partnership with Landmark College in this unique program,” commented Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president of Saint Vincent.

“We know that not everyone learns the same way,” commented Sandy Quinlivan, associate dean of studies at Saint Vincent. “Our experience with young people who learn differently suggests that good insight into one’s individual learning style can make a big difference in outcomes in school.”

“No short summer program can possibly solve all the difficulties students with learning differences encounter,” Quinlivan continued. “But over the past dozen years, Landmark College’s summer program has given participants a taste of college and an opportunity to be part of a learning community dedicated to academic achievement, mutual respect and personal change and growth.”

Students enrolled in the program can expect to begin to understand their individual learning differences, to develop a writing process that uses proven techniques to write faster, more clearly and with fewer struggles, to integrate strategies and practices into content courses and to begin to focus on the development of better daily habits.

Instruction will be provided by faculty from both Saint Vincent College and Landmark College.

The first year of the three-year program at Saint Vincent will be held from Sunday, June 29, to Saturday, July 19. Saint Vincent is the only college that Landmark will partner with this summer.

Further details about the program and the application process are available by contacting Quinlivan at sandy.quinlivan@email.stvincent.edu or 724-805-2371.

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