George’s Brigade, Bair’s Admissions Initative, Will Create Economic OppourtunityThe Honorable Sheila C. Bair
By Catalina Righter (original source The Elm)
Starting with the Class of 2020, the Office of Admissions at Washington College will make a college education possible for a group of 20 students who could not consider it otherwise. This initiative, called George’s Brigade, is “an Admissions and Financial Aid program, that will encourage high-achieving inner-city youth to apply with friends and have their applications considered on a group basis,” according to a press release on the WC website. “The requirement we’re putting on them is that they have to be academically successful here and if that is the case, we will meet their full financial aid,” said Vice President of Enrollment Management Satyajit Dattagupta.
President of the College Sheila Bair announced the program in her inaugural address on Sept. 26 and said that the program is not only to help these students financially but “because we know their transition to a small rural school will be smoothed and enhanced if they can share it with one or more friends.”
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