Church Farm School Receives Grant from Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation
The transition from high school to college can be difficult. Nationally, the percentage of male students who graduate in six years or less is 56%. When you add a challenging financial situation into that mix, the college persistence rate for young men drops considerably. With these statistics in mind, Church Farm School developed the Alumni Success Program, which supports recent graduates as they navigate their college careers. Church Farm School was recently awarded a $100,000 grant through Oprah Winfrey’s Charitable Foundation for this work, which will provide critical funding for three years. The school’s Alumni Success team maintains connections with 200 graduates quarterly and provides support, mentorship and guidance to help keep them on track. The program was launched in 2016 with seed funding from the Hamilton Family Foundation, the Church of the Redeemer and the Charter Foundation, and is already making a verifiable difference.
“One hundred percent of our graduates are matriculating to esteemed colleges and universities each year, but many are the first in their families to go to college, or are facing other challenges and setbacks. We’ve found that maintaining connections with our alumni plays a critical role in their persistence; whether assisting with course selections, giving advice about managing student-professor relationships or just offering a listening ear when they are homesick. We are extremely grateful to the Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation for recognizing the important role our Alumni Success Program plays in the future success of Church Farm School’s amazing young men,” says Tiffany Scott, Church Farm School Director of College Guidance.
The Church Farm School is an independent boarding and day school for boys in grades 9-12 located in Exton, PA. Founded in 1918 to provide an excellent education to young men from limited means, Church Farm School continues to fulfill its mission of educational opportunity. The school offers a challenging college preparatory curriculum and an exceptional level of personal attention, with class sizes averaging between just 7 and 12 students.