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GAMBIER -- A new five-year $25 million matching grant will create roughly 50 new scholarships annually for students with limited financial resources and those who are ineligible for government aid.

Kenyon is one of five highly selective liberal arts colleges chosen to partner with the Schuler Education Foundation in the first year to provide new scholarship funding for underrepresented students.

The elite group of schools invited to partner with the Schuler Education Foundation were selected in part because of their high rates of retention and graduation for Pell-eligible and students with undocumented status.

Over the next five years, the Kenyon Access Initiative will allow the College to enroll nearly double the current number of students with limited financial resources.

The initiative will accelerate the College’s commitment to encouraging discourse and collaborative learning by recognizing that diversity in experiences and backgrounds enriches the entire school community.

GAMBIER, Ohio — Kenyon College announced today it has partnered with the Schuler Education Foundation on a $25 million matching grant to increase access to highly selective liberal arts colleges for exceptional students with limited financial resources and those who are ineligible for government aid.

Kenyon is one of just five schools, and the only college located in Ohio, selected to partner with the Chicago-based Schuler Education Foundation, on a new access initiative in which every dollar given between now and June 2026 will be matched dollar for dollar and used to create permanent new scholarship funds to enroll students who would otherwise be unable to attend due to a lack of financial resources.

When the $25 million goal is met and combined with the matching gift from the Schuler Education Foundation, a total of $50 million in endowed scholarships will create permanent pathways to Kenyon for approximately 50 students each year — forever.

President Sean Decatur said the grant comes at an ideal time for Kenyon.

“This partnership moves us closer to our goal of enrolling the most talented students, regardless of their financial circumstances, which we see as crucial to the future of Kenyon. It also provides an unprecedented opportunity to broaden our robust support of these students through the flagship programs Kenyon already has in place,” he said.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for anyone who cares about Kenyon and ensuring it remains open to all who would excel here.”

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