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Thomas Edison State University Receives $50,000 grant to help adult learners

Thursday, June 13, 2019





June 12, 2019





Vikki Monaghan (609) 777-3083, ext. 2047




Grant will fund scholarships for Mature Students


TRENTON, N.J. – The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation has awarded Thomas Edison State University a $50,000 grant for 2019-20 through the Foundation’s Newcombe Scholarships for Mature Students program. 


“We are honored to receive this important scholarship funding on behalf of our students,” said Dr. Merodie A. Hancock, president, Thomas Edison State University. “Our adult learners juggle many challenges from career and family obligations to financial constraints. Any time we can help to remove a barrier to their education, they are more likely to succeed. This award effectively recognizes the alignment of our mission with the mission of the Newcombe Foundation.” 


The Newcombe Foundation is an independent foundation that began in 1979 as the result of a bequest from the estate of Charlotte W. Newcombe, a Philadelphia philanthropist. In her will, Mrs. Newcombe created a foundation that would continue her lifelong interest in supporting students pursuing degrees in higher education. The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation is now based in Princeton, N.J., and has awarded grants totaling $70.8 million since 1981 to provide scholarships and fellowships in higher education. 


In awarding the grant to TESU, the Newcombe Trustees remarked that they were impressed by TESU’s commitment to the students and to the city of Trenton.


 “The Newcombe Foundation Trustees are delighted to support Thomas Edison, an institution offering multi-platform programming that allows mature students to complete degrees. This partnership exemplifies the Foundation’s focus on empowering ‘nontraditional’ students to advance their career aspirations,” said Dr. Gianna Durso-Finley, executive director, Newcombe Foundation.


Newcombe Scholarships for Mature Students support completion of bachelor’s degrees by students who are 25 years of age or older who need financial assistance at selected colleges and universities. 



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Thomas Edison State University provides distinctive undergraduate and graduate education for self-directed adults through flexible, high-quality collegiate learning and assessment opportunities. One of New Jersey’s senior public institutions of higher education, the University offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. Students earn degrees through a wide variety of rigorous and high-quality academic methods that can be customized to meet their individual needs. Identified by The New York Times as “the college that paved the way for flexibility,” The University is a national leader in the assessment of adult learning and a pioneer in the use of educational technologies. The University is home to The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy and the New Jersey State Library is an affiliate. To learn more, visit or email









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