Press Release

Bunker Hill Community College Receives Major Grant to Help Low-Income Students

Monday, August 23, 2010

Bunker Hill Community College will receive a $276,608 federal TRIO grant to help low-income students, first-generation college students and people with disabilities attend college, BHCC President Mary L. Fifield announced this week. With the support of U.S. Senator John F. Kerry, Jr., twenty Massachusetts colleges received $6 million in federal TRIO funding.

"The TRIO programs have been terrific for Massachusetts students who have the drive and the dream of attending college," Kerry said this month in announcing the grants for Massachusetts colleges. I'm very grateful to TRIO for providing opportunity to students who might otherwise never have gotten a shot at the quality education they deserve."

In the 2009-2010 academic year, the BHCC Success Program provided tutoring, mentoring, and workshops on a range of topics such as financial literacy skills for 175 students, according to Student Success Program Director Margaret Bovill-Hawkins. "The TRIO funding allows us to work with students one-on-one to ensure their academic success," Bovill-Hawkins said. "The grant renewal enables the College to continue to provide support for students in this program."

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About Bunker Hill Community College
With more than 50 years of academic excellence, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is Massachusetts' largest community college, annually welcoming a diverse community of around 16,000 students. With campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, BHCC extends its reach across several locations in Greater Boston. The College offers associate degrees and certificates, early college and dual enrollment, community education, corporate training, and industry-specific training programs. BHCC is celebrated for its diversity, boasting a student body where 65% identify as people of color and more than half are women. The College also embraces a global perspective, with over 600 international students representing 90 countries and conversing in more than 65 languages. Our commitment to diversity is further reflected in BHCC's designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI).