KENNESAW, Georgia (Jul 20, 2021) – A new grant of $ 25,000 from the Homer N. Allen Charitable Trust will provide scholarships to students of the Academy for Inclusive Learning and Social Growth at Kennesaw State University. The trust has now awarded the academy a total of $ 100,000 over the past four years.
The academy offers an inclusive post-secondary college experience for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Program participants audit a typical college course per semester, while also participating in social integration, career exploration, and training through academic courses.
“The Homer N. Allen Trust has been a phenomenal job to work with,” said Neil Duchac, executive director of the Academy for Inclusive Learning and Social Growth. “With their overall support for our mission and our students, we are really fortunate to have a partnership with them. ”
The trust scholarships have benefited nearly two dozen students over the past three years, Duchac said.
Established in 2009, the Kennesaw State Inclusive Post-Secondary Learning Program is the oldest and largest of the state’s eight. In August, the academy will welcome 50 students for the fall semester. Students who complete the two-year academy degree program are awarded a Certificate in Social Growth and Development. Those who do exceptionally well qualify to continue and within two years earn a Certificate in Advanced Leadership and Career Development.
Academy students receive academic and professional support, participate in internships and work with peer counselors, KSU students who advise and assist them in their audited courses and encourage social engagement on campus.
The mission of the Academy for Inclusive Learning and Social Growth is to help its graduates lead more independent lives and prepare them for successful careers, said Duchac. Research has shown that students who complete a post-secondary inclusive learning program have double the employment rate of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities with only a high school diploma, as well as higher incomes.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two Atlanta metro campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the Georgia university system and the second largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant culture, diverse population, strong global ties, and entrepreneurial spirit attract students from across the region and from 126 countries around the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-nominated doctoral (R2) research institute, which places it among an elite group of just 6% of US colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.