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New opportunities, increased access

Mahone Fund, Gateway, UW-Parkside, Carthage join to increase access and affordability to higher education
University of Wisconsin-Parkside Chancellor Debbie Ford, Ranger Bear, Torchie, Carthage College President Gregory Woodward, Rudy The Red Hawk and Gateway Technical College President and CEO Bryan Albrecht celebrated improved access and affordability

From left, University of Wisconsin-Parkside Chancellor Debbie Ford, Ranger Bear, Torchie, Carthage College President Gregory Woodward, Rudy The Red Hawk and Gateway Technical College President and CEO Bryan Albrecht celebrated improved access and affordability for students in Kenosha County through two newly created endowed scholarships at Gateway and UW-Parkside and a full-tuition scholarship at Carthage.

The Mary Lou and Arthur F. Mahone Fund joined forces with Gateway Technical College, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Carthage College to provide and celebrate improved access and affordability for students in Kenosha County.

The Mary Lou and Arthur F. Mahone Fund will pay for two newly created endowed scholarships through UW-Parkside and Gateway to benefit area students of color in their pursuit of higher education. Carthage College also partnered with the fund to provide a full-tuition scholarship to an incoming 2014 freshman from Kenosha.

“The simple fact is there are ever-increasing barriers facing young people in reaching a better life through education, especially for minority students,” said Timothy T. Mahone, representing the Mary Lou and Arthur F. Mahone Fund. “I am proud of our educational partners’ ongoing commitment to sustain our community’s great legacy of securing education for all students.”

Representatives from all three colleges were on hand at the April 1 celebration. Gateway President and CEO Bryan Albrecht, UW-Parkside Chancellor Debbie Ford and Carthage President Gregory Woodward all spoke at the event, along with Mahone.

“What we started at Gateway’s Martin Luther King Jr. Education Summit in January comes to fruition today as all three local institutions of higher learning join with (a) community-based organization – the Mary Lou and Arthur F. Mahone Fund – to ensure greater opportunities for area youth to obtain a college degree,” said Albrecht.

“We have identified several ways we can work together to support student success and increase access to higher education. This is the first of those joint efforts.”

The endowed scholarships will support Gateway and UW-Parkside as they continue “Forward Together” by offering seven sweeping 2-plus-2 business-related program articulation agreements. The scholarships will benefit a Gateway student in one of the seven programs who has committed to transferring to UW-Parkside as part of the agreement. They will benefit through a scholarship while still at Gateway, then at UW-Parkside when they transfer to the four-year university.

“Access to affordable education has always been embraced by members of our community,” said Ford. “Whether it was community support for Gateway Technical College more than a century ago, welcoming Carthage to southeastern Wisconsin in 1962, or getting behind an idea in 1968 that a public, four-year university degree should be available to our residents, this latest collaboration is a testament to that ongoing commitment.”

The Carthage scholarship is one of five the college has implemented this year to promote diversity on campus. Carthage has a long-standing relationship with the Mahone Foundation through the Reaching for Rainbows Pursuit of Excellence gala.

“The Carthage College Mahone Fund CEO Scholarship combines our support of the Kenosha community with our commitment to create diversity in education by furthering awareness, access and engagement,” said Woodward.

“For many years, Carthage has dedicated its expertise and resources to the advancement of the Mahone Fund’s efforts to fully embrace the academic pursuits of our young students while creating a pathway for them to be successful,” said Mahone. “Dr. Woodward’s commitment to expand our partnership to ensure diversity at Carthage is exemplary.”

In an effort to increase access to higher education and student success in their future careers, the three institutions are strengthening the relationships to provide needed access for students in Kenosha County. The catalyst for the effort was an education summit hosted during Gateway’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. At that summit, educational leaders discussed the status of southeastern Wisconsin educational programs and opportunities focused on minority student success.

Albrecht, Ford, Woodward and Shebaniah Muhammad from the Mahone Fund – among other educational leaders – participated in the summit and strongly encouraged expanding access to students of color. They noted if the three institutions of higher education joined forces, they would create an even more dynamic opportunity for students to achieve their dreams through access to education.