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Mount receives $2.8 million grant to expand grad programs

The U.S. Department of Education has selected Mount St. Mary’s to receive a new, five-year grant worth more than $2.8 million.

The federal funding will enable the Mount to strengthen its graduate programs, expand support services and develop new graduate-level degrees. Mount St. Mary’s applied for the grant as part of its goal to grow the number of students who complete Graduate Programs, particularly those who might not have the means to do so on their own.

“We are thrilled about the possibilities this support opens up for our Graduate Programs faculty, staff and, most importantly, our students,” says President Ann McElaney-Johnson.

Students will soon have increased access to support services, scholarships, and additional online course offerings. Mount St. Mary’s will also have the ability to create new graduate degrees and to update existing degrees in its health and Humanities disciplines.

“This will enable our graduates to meet the evolving needs of high-demand professions across Southern California and beyond,” President McElaney-Johnson says. “I am inspired daily by the confidence and determination of all our students at the Mount, and I cannot wait to hear, and cheer, the success stories that this grant will help make possible.”

Mount St. Mary’s earned the $2.8 million grant as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s “Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans” (PPOHA) Program.

The Mount has earned a number of honors in 2014, particularly for the excellence of its academic programs, and its diverse community of students. MONEY Magazine officially rated Mount St. Mary’s as the No. 1 college in the United States on its list of “Colleges That Add The Most Value.” And BestColleges.com named the Mount as one of “The 50 Most Diverse U.S. Colleges.”

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